People at Political Science

David Foster

Graduate Student
Personal Statement

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  I will be on the job market during the 2019-20 academic year.

My work uses game theory to understand American political institutions.  Its focus has been the opportunities for policy and political change that exist given gridlock in Congress.  In particular, my dissertation presents novel theories of presidential unilateral action.

Before starting my PhD, I studied economics and government at Hamilton College, graduating summa cum laude in 2010; I then consulted in New York and Washington, DC on securities and antitrust litigation.

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