sean-gailmardSean Gailmard (gailmard@berkeley.edu) is Professor in the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Gailmard studies the relationship between principal-agent problems and institutions of government. He has applied this perspective in American politics to understand executive branch structure and political accountability in the U.S. His research has focused on the trade-off between expertise and political responsiveness in the bureaucracy, historical dimensions of the presidency and its relation to the bureaucracy, congressional control of bureaucratic discretion, the internal organization of Congress, and electoral accountability in the U.S. Senate. Previous research has analyzed models of rational choice by non-selfish actors in laboratory experiments on collective decision making.

Professor Gailmard is the author of Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch (2012, University of Chicago Press, with John W. Patty), which won the 2013 William H. Riker Prize from the American Political Science Association (Political Economy Section) as the best book in political economy, as well as Statistical Modeling and Inference for Social Science (2014, Cambridge University Press), a Ph.D.-level textbook. He has published research in leading social science journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics.

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is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. In 2015, she received her PhD in political science from Emory University. Her teaching and research interests are in political economy, comparative political institutions, formal theory, and statistical methods. Her dissertation is a comparative study of central bank appointments, focusing primarily on how economic volatility and uncertainty affect appointments and potentially undermine the conventional wisdom concerning the benefits of monetary policy delegation to an independent central bank. In addition to her dissertation, her current research addresses the design of monetary institutions, the effect of international courts in economic integration, and theories of judicial and legislative bargaining and policymaking.


Elizabeth Carlson (ecc13@psu.edu) is Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and the Program on African Studies at Penn State. She specializes in political behavior, experimental methods, and the political economy of development in Africa. She is the co-convener of Penn State’s 2016 Conference on Data-Driven Development in Africa.




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Erin Hartman (ekhartman@polisci.ucla.edu) is Assistant Professor of Statistics and Political Science at UCLA. Professor Hartman’s recent research focuses on creating new methods–including both theoretical approaches and new estimation strategies–for identifying and validating causal effects. She also studies survey design methodologies, including a new survey sampling method that reduces reliance on post hoc weighting methods and alleviates non-response bias, and an automated raking methodology that selects the optimal auxiliary vector on which to weight.

In 2012, Professor Hartman ran the polling operation for Obama for America’s Analytics department, which very accurately predicted election outcomes in the campaign’s battleground states. She also co-founded a successful analytics and technology start-up, BlueLabs, focused on providing analytics services to clients in politics, issues advocacy, healthcare, and education.

She holds a PhD in Political Science and a MA in Statistics from UC Berkeley. Professor Hartman also completed a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at Princeton University.


Arthur Lupia (lupia@umich.edu) is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and research professor at its Institute for Social Research. He examines how people learn about politics and policy and on how to improve science communication. His most recent book is Uninformed: Why Citizens Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It.

He is Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Application of the Social and Behavioral Science, a member of the National Academies’ Advisory Board on the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Board for the Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciences.

Professor Lupia has developed a range of infrastructure to improve the quality and public value of social scientific research. With Diana Mutz, he developed TESS (Time Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences), a project that has helped hundreds of scholars conduct innovative experiments on large national samples. With Jon Krosnick, he served as Principal Investigator of the American National Election Studies (ANES). With Colin Elman, he has led the DA-RT (Data Access and Research Transparency) Initiative. He led APSA’s Task Force on Public Engagement how to improve public engagement in political science and has worked with many groups to make scientific presentations more memorable and meaningful to more people. Professor Lupia is lead Principal Investigator of the EITM Summer Institutes and Scholarship Program. He helped to create the institute’s original design and has served as a lead lecturer for 11 Summer Institutes.


John W. Patty (jwpatty@uchicago.edu) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Co-editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Professor Patty’s research focuses on mathematical models of political institutions. His substantive interests include the US Congress, the federal bureaucracy, American political development, and democratic theory.

Professor Patty regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on game theory, computational modeling, formal models of political institutions, the US Congress, and the federal bureaucracy. He also coauthored Learning While Governing (University of Chicago Press, 2012) with Sean Gailmard, which won the 2013 William H. Riker book award, and Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility (Cambridge University Press, 2014) with Elizabeth Maggie Penn. He currently serves on the editorial boards of American Journal of Political Science, Games, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Political Science Research and Methods.

maggie-pennMaggie Penn (epenn@uchicago.edu) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. She is a formal political theorist whose work focuses on social choice theory and political institutions. She regularly teaches undergraduate courses on electoral systems and agent-based modeling as well as graduate courses on positive political theory. Her work has been published with Cambridge University Press and in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Mathematical & Computer Modelling, Political Analysis, Political Science Research & Methods, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Choice, Social Choice & Welfare, The Good Society, and Complexity. Since the fall of 2015 she has been a Managing Editor of Social Choice & Welfare.

Penn received her Ph.D. in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2003 and her B.A. in Economics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Prior to arriving in Chicago she was Assistant Professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (2003-2005), Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University (2005-2009), and Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2015).

Emily MercedEmily Ritter (eritter@ucmerced.edu) is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. She received her PhD from Emory University. Before coming to Merced, she spent three years as an assistant professor at the University of Alabama. Her research and teaching interests include international human rights institutions, law, and practice; domestic conflict between the state and citizen groups; international governance and legal institutions; and institutional solutions to bargaining and cooperation problems. Her methodological approaches include game theoretic modeling as well as quantitative methodology.

Her research focuses primarily on the effects of international and domestic institutions on state repression and domestic conflict.

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Dustin Tingley (dtingley@gov.harvard.edu) is Professor of Government in the Government Department at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Politics from Princeton in 2010 and BA from the University of Rochester in 2001. His research interests include international relations, international political economy, experimental approaches to political science, and statistical methodology. His book on American foreign policy, Sailing the Water’s Edge, was published in fall 2015, and was awarded the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book published in the field of U.S. national policy. Recent projects include attitudes towards global climate technologies and policies, and the intersection of causal inference and machine learning methods for the social sciences.

Dustin is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Harvard Government Department, Faculty director for the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Research Group, faculty director of IQSS’s Undergraduate Research Scholar program, is the founding director of the Program on Experience Based Learning in the Social Sciences, which founded and helps maintain ABLConnect, and is the former (and founding) editor of the APSA Experimental Section newsletter, The Experimental Political Scientist. Dustin initiated and organized the Harvard Government Department annual poster session, and has organized interdisciplinary conferences on causal mechanisms, climate change politics, negotiation in international relations, active learning, and the intersection of causal inference and machine learning. Dustin is a scientific adviser to EconVision.

wbem3uxr_400x400Ian Turner (turner.ianr@gmail.com) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Co-director of the Political Institutions/Political Behavior Research Program at Texas A&M University. He is also a faculty member of the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance (PERG). He received his PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a fellow in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2011-2014) and a graduate associate for the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL).

His research focuses primarily on American political institutions and democratic accountability. In particular, his work examines interactions within the executive branch — e.g., the President and bureaucracy — as well as between the executive and other institutions — e.g., courts, Congress, and interest groups. His main project studies how institutions such as executive and judicial review impact the incentives for bureaucratic agencies to more effectively craft and implement public policy, and provides insight into how one might design institutions to foster this behavior. Another major project studies how interest group lobbying of policymakers structures policymaking incentives, informational dynamics, and political agendas. He is also generally interested in political economy, formal political theory, and public administration, management, and policy.

lisa-wedeenLisa Wedeen (lwedeen@uchicago.edu) is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College and the Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory at the University of Chicago. She is also Associate Faculty in Anthropology and the Co-Editor of the University of Chicago Book Series, “Studies in Practices of Meaning.” Her publications include Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria (1999; with a new preface, 2015); “Conceptualizing ‘Culture’: Possibilities for Political Science” (2002); “Concepts and Commitments in the Study of Democracy” (2004), Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen (2008), “Ethnography as an Interpretive Enterprise” (2009), “Reflections on Ethnographic Work in Political Science” (2010), “Ideology and Humor in Dark Times: Notes from Syria” (2013), and “Scientific Knowledge, Liberalism, and Empire: American Political Science in the Modern Middle East” (forthcoming, 2016). She is the recipient of the David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award and an NSF fellowship. She is currently working on a book about ideology, neoliberal autocracy, and generational change in Syria.

jonathan-woonJonathan Woon (woon@pitt.edu) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Woon conducts research in experimental and behavioral political economy. Using incentivized laboratory experiments, his work investigates a number of central issues about democratic politics, including electoral accountability, diversity and candidate emergence, and strategic communication. This work is conducted at the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL), where he is a core faculty member. He has also used observational data combined with formal models to conduct novel tests of theories of political parties’ reputations, congressional behavior, and influence on lawmaking. An important feature of his research agenda is to explore the boundary between classical and bounded rationality and to demonstrate how models based on a variety of behavioral underpinnings can be useful for understanding politics. Consistent with this end, he has co-organized the Behavioral Models of Politics Conference (Pittsburgh 2013, Duke 2014) to bring together and promote the work of other scholars who share similar interests in exploring models and model-based empirical analyses that depart from standard assumptions.