Guest faculty biographies

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Guest faculty biographies

    EITM Summer Institute

    University of Michigan, June 19 July 14, 2006

    Guest faculty biographies

     Jenna Bednar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She is also a Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Politics, Ford School of Public Policy, at the University of Michigan. Jenna’s research interests are federalism, constitutional

    theory and design, positive theory of institutions and formal theory of culture. Some of her forthcoming and recent publications include: The Robust Federation (book manuscript) (2006).

    “Is Full Compliance Possible? Conditions for Shirking with Imperfect Monitoring and

    Continuous Action Spaces” in Journal of Theoretical Politics (forthcoming July 2006). “Can

    Game(s) Theory Explain Culture? The Emergence of Cultural Behavior Within Multiple Games”. Rationality and Society (2006). “Credit Assignment and Federal Encroachment” in Supreme

    Court Economic Review (2007). “Federalism as a Public Good” in Constitutional Political

    Economy (2005).



    Daniel Diermeier is the IBM Distinguished Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice and a Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and of Political Science at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (by courtesy). He served as the acting director of Kellogg's Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship and is the founding director of the Center for Business, Government, and Society at Kellogg and as the founding co-director of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). His teaching focuses on the interaction of business and politics, crisis management, the anticipation and management of political risk, and strategic aspects of corporate social responsibility. He has lectured and consulted globally on media and issue management, activists and consumer boycotts, political strategy and regulatory management. Daniel is a leading scholar in the study of political institutions and their consequences for policy choice. Recently his work has also focused on structural estimation, behavioral models, and complex social systems. Daniel’s research has been published in leading journals in both economics and politics

    including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, the American

    Journal of Political Science, Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Proceedings of

    the National Academy of Science and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.



     James H. Fowler will start a new job as Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in July. His interests span political science, behavioral economics, quantitative sociology, and evolutionary biology. The main theme that unifies his work is an interest in the collective action problem. Standard formal theory approaches to human behavior that rely on the assumption that individuals are self-interested and rational typically have great difficulty explaining why individuals cooperate with one another or provide public goods in large populations. James' work focuses on alternative explanations for collective action that combine rigorous formal theory with tenable assumptions about human behavior drawn from empirical results in sociology, behavioral psychology, and experimental economics. Some of his recent research and publications include: "Connecting the Congress: A Study of Cosponsorship Networks" forthcoming in Political Analysis, "Altruistic Punishment and the Origin of

    Cooperation" (2005) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and "Altruism and

    Turnout" in the Journal of Politics (2006). He also has written a book "Mandates, Parties, and

    Voters: How Elections Shape the Future" (with Oleg Smirnov) which is forthcoming at Temple University Press.



     Guillermina Jasso is Professor of Sociology at New York University. She was the

    founding director of the Methods Workshop at New York University (1991-1997) and the founding director of the Theory Workshop at the University of Iowa (1988-1991), as well as one of the four founders of the Life Course Institute at the University of Minnesota (1986). She served as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1977-1979) and as Director of Research for the U.S. Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy (1979-1980). Professor Jasso's major research interests are basic sociobehavioral theory, distributive justice, status, international migration, mathematical methods for theory building, and factorial survey methods for empirical analysis. Recent work includes: "Factorial Survey Methods for Studying Beliefs and Judgments," Sociological Methods and Research

    (2006); "Immigration, Health, and New York City" (with D. Massey, M. Rosenzweig, and J. Smith), Economic Policy Review (2005); "Culture and the Sense of Justice," Journal of Cross-

    Cultural Psychology (2005); "The Tripartite Structure of Social Science Analysis," Sociological

    Theory (2004); "Migration, Human Development, and the Lifecourse," in J. T. Mortimer and M. Shanahan (eds.), Handbook of the Lifecourse (2003); and “Studying Status: An Integrated

    Framework," American Sociological Review (2001). Currently Professor Jasso is Co-Principal

    Investigator of the New Immigrant Survey, the first national longitudinal survey of immigrants in the United States. She was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and to the Sociological Research Association, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1999-2000).



     Ken Kollman Ken Kollman is Professor of Political Science and Research

    Professor in the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research and teaching focus on political parties, elections, lobbying, federal systems, formal modeling, and complexity theory. He published a book in 2004 with Princeton University Press (co-authored with Pradeep Chhibber) on political party systems in four countries, Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States, which won the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the organized section on Political Parties and Organizations of the American Political Science Association, and he continues to conduct research on party systems in a variety of countries, including Korea, Germany, France, and several in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also published a book with Princeton Press on lobbying strategies in the United States, and has an edited volume (with John Miller and Scott Page) with MIT Press on computational models in political economy. He conducts research and teaches on the politics of the European Union, having published a recent paper on the rotating presidency of the European Union. Kollman is director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies at the International Institute, University of Michigan.



     Orit Kedar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for European Studies. She is also a member of the Parties Research Group at UM. Orit's principal field of research is comparative politics of developed democracies. Her interests include electoral politics, the interaction of behavior and institutions, party systems, and European Integration. Theoretically motivated, her work relies on empirical investigation. Other substantive interests include multilevel explanations in comparative politics, electoral systems, federalism, representation, questions of identity, social choice, and spatial models of voting. She is also interested in quantitative methods, as well as in experiments in political science. Her work appeared in such venues as the American Political

    Science Review, Electoral Studies, and Political Analysis. Orit teaches courses about comparative

    politics, and particularly about comparative electoral politics, parliamentary democracy, elections in Europe, and European Integration.


     Walter R. Mebane Jr. is Associate Professor at the Department of Government at

    Cornell University. His areas of expertise are American politics and government, political methodology and mathematical modeling, and his research interests are elections, fiscal policy, and federalism in American politics. Some of Walter’s recent research and publications include: “Detecting Attempted Election Theft: Vote Counts, Voting Machines and Benford’s Law”, Prepared for delivery at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. “The Wrong Man is President! Overvotes in the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida” in Perspectives on Politics (2004). "Adaptive, Imitative and Evolutionary Processes that Produce Coordination Among American Voters", prepared for delivery at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois (April 3-6, 2003). "Robust Estimation and Outlier Detection for Overdispersed Multinomial Models of Count Data" (With Jasjeet S. Sekhon) in American Journal of Political Science (2004). "Coordination and Policy Moderation

    at Midterm" (with Jasjeet S. Sekhon), American Political Science Review (2002). "The Butterfly

    Did It: The Aberrant Vote for Buchanan in Palm Beach County, Florida" (with Jonathan N. Wand, Kenneth W. Shotts, Jasjeet S. Sekhon, Michael C. Herron, and Henry E. Brady) in American

    Political Science Review (2001). "Coordination, Moderation, and Institutional Balancing in American Presidential and House Elections" in American Political Science Review (2000).



     Nolan McCarty is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Nolan’s areas of interest include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He is the recipient of the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellowship from the Hoover Institution and the John M. Olin Fellowship in Political Economy. Recent publications include The Realignment of National Politics and the Income

    Distribution (1997 with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal), “Bureaucratic Capacity, Delegation,

    and Political Reform” (forthcoming with John Huber) in the American Political Science Review,

    “The Appointments Dilemma” (forthcoming) in the American Journal of Political Science,

    “Political Resource Allocation: The Benefits and Costs of Voter Initiatives” (2001 with John G.

    Matsusaka) in the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, “The Hunt for Party

    Discipline” (2001 with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal) in the American Political Science

    Review, “Cabinet Decision Rules and Political Uncertainty in Parliamentary Bargaining” (2001 with John Huber) in the American Political Science Review, and “The Politics of Blame:

    Bargaining before an Audience,” (2000 with Timothy Groseclose) in the American Journal of

    Political Science.



     Mary L Rigdon is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona in 2001, and has held Post-Doctoral Fellowships with the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences at Harvard University and with the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science at George Mason University. Mary’s research interests are in experimental economics, behavioral game theory, and labor economics, focusing on personal exchange and bilateral bargaining. Some of her most recent projects include examining the impact of population clustering on cooperative behavior, and exploring the comparative efficiency of implicit and explicit contracting mechanisms. Recent publications include “Efficiency Wages in an Experimental Labor Market” in the Proceedings of the National

    Academy of Sciences and “Sustaining Cooperation in Trust Games” (with Kevin McCabe and Vernon Smith), to appear in the Economic Journal. Email:


     Branislav L. Slantchev is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the

    University of California, San Diego. He studies intrawar negotiations, the conduct of war, mass civilian behavior during conflicts, and war termination. His articles appear in the American

    Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science. Branislav teaches

    courses in international relations, national security, and game theory. Some of his recent publications include: “Politicians, the Media, and Domestic Audience Costs” in International

    Studies Quarterly (2006). “Territory and Commitment: The Concert of Europe as Self-Enforcing

    Equilibrium” in Security Studies (2005). “Military Coercion in Interstate Crisis” in American

    Political Science Review (2005). “Probabilistic Causality, Selection Bias, and the Logic of the Democratic Peace” (with Anna Alexandrova and Erik Gartzke) in American Political Science

    Review (2005). “The Political Economy of Simultaneous Transitions: An Empirical Test of Two Models” in Political Research Quarterly (2005).



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