Formal Political Theory at UChicago

This webpage describes graduate training in formal political theory at the University of Chicago.  It is incomplete in many ways.  If you have questions and/or suggestions for improvement, please email me.

Faculty in Formal Political Theory

The University of Chicago has many faculty working in formal political theory, representing a wide range of interests, including game theory, social choice, mechanism design, and network analysis.  Here’s a partial list of University of Chicago faculty working in formal political theory (please email me with any additions):

Scott Ashworth
Chris Berry
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Peter Buisseret
Daniel Diermeier
Wioletta Dziuda
Anthony Fowler
Bobby Gulotty
Ben Lessing
Roger Myerson
Monika Nalepa
John Padgett
John Patty
Elizabeth Maggie Penn
James Robinson

Graduate Courses

Graduate training in formal political theory spans the departments of political science, economics, and the Harris School of Public Policy.  A partial list of regularly offered graduate courses includes (again, please email me with any additions):

Social Choice Theory (PLSC 40801)
Game Theory I (PLSC 30901)
Game Theory II (PLSC 31000)
Formal Models in Comparative Politics (PLSC 47201)
Political Economy I: Introduction to Applied Theory (PPHA 41101)
Political Economy II: Intermediate Applied Theory (PPHA 41102)
Economic Models of Politics (ECON 36101)
The Political Economy of Development (PPHA 42310)
New Directions in Formal Theory (PLSC 40815)

Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences

Political Economy Workshop and Lunch
Theory and Models Workshop
Political Economy in the Chicago Area (PECA) Conference (2016 Program)
Comparative Politics and Formal Theory (CPFT) Conference

Graduate Programs at University of Chicago

PhD in Political science
PhD in Public policy
PhD in Economics
Masters of Arts in Social Science (MAPSS)

Other Documents

Training in Research Methods and Formal Theory” in the Department of Political Science’s PhD program. This describes the requirements to qualify for the “Methods” field, one track of which consists of the formal political theory course sequence in the political science department.