Sean Gailmard

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734 Barrows Hall
Phone:
510 642-4677
Office Hours: By appointment
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Faculty

Research Interests: 
Game theory & formal political theory
Principal-agent theory
Bureaucratic politics & executive branch structure
American politics
Degrees: 
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (2002)
M.P.A., Indiana University (1997)
B.S., Indiana University (1996)
Personal Statement: 

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Professor Gailmard studies how principal-agent problems in politics affect the structure and development of political institutions. From this perspective, his research attempts to understand the strategic foundations of American political institutions; expertise and political responsiveness in the bureaucracy; historical development of the American executive branch; congressional control of bureaucratic discretion; the internal organization of the U.S. Congress; and electoral accountability. He has also studied models of collective decision making in laboratory experiments. 

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 (best book in political economy) and 2017 Herbert A. Simon Prize (most signfiicant contribution to public administration 5 or more years old), 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.

Teaching: 

PS231A: Quantitative Analysis in Political Research (Ph.D.)
PS232A: Formal Models in Political Science I (Intro. game theory, Ph.D.)
PS232B: Formal Models in Political Science II (Adv. game theory theory, Ph.D.)
PS239: Formal Models in American Politics (Ph.D.)
PS279: Bureaucratic Politics in the U.S. (Ph.D.)

PS3: Introduction to Empirical Analysis and Quantitative Methods (undergraduate)
PS135: Game Theory in the Social Sciences (undergraduate)

Other: 

Editor, Formal Political Theory and Methodology, Journal of Politics

Editorial Board, Public Administration Review

Editorial Board, Journal of Public Policy

Editorial Board, Journal of Theoretical Politics

Editorial Board, Political Science Research and Methods (the Journal of the European Political Science Association)

Co-PI and Co-director, summer institute on Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, National Science Foundation, 2010-present

Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Governmental Studies

Faculty Affiliate, Berkeley Center for Political Economy
 

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