Previously, West was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His current research focuses on technology policy, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.
West is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk). His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and he has delivered nearly 150 lectures in a dozen different countries, including China, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Bahrain, and the United States.
West is the author of 23 books including "The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation" (Brookings, 2018); "Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century" (Brookings, 2016), "Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust" (Brookings, 2014), "Digital Schools" (Brookings, 2012), "The Next Wave: Using Digital Technology to Further Social and Political Innovation" (Brookings, 2011), "Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era" (Brookings, 2009), "Air Wars: Television Advertising in Election Campaigns" (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2013).