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Sean Gailmard

Herman Royer Professor of Political Economy, Vice Chair of the Department for Personnel
Current Status
750 C Social Sciences Building
Office Hours
By appointment
Personal Statement

Professor Gailmard's curriculum vitae
Professor Gailmard's web site

Professor Gailmard studies how political institutions operate, change, and affect governance quality. His work focuses particularly on the US executive branch, checks and balances across branches of government, bureaucratic capacity, and the evolution of US institutions. Gailmard applies strategic and historical perspectives to these issues.

Professor Gailmard is the author of Agents of Empire: English Imperial Governance and the Making of American Political Institutions, as well as Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch (winner of Best Book awards from APSA sections on Political Economy and Public Administration) and Statistical Modeling and Inference for Social Science, 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.

Research Interests
Game theory & formal modeling
Institutions and incentives
Executive branch structure & politics
American politics
Historical political economy
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (2002)
M.P.A., Indiana University (1997)
B.S., Indiana University (1996)

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 of Political Development (Ph.D.)
PS291: American Institutions & Policy workshop (Ph.D.)

PS109E: The US Executive Branch and its Political Environment (undergraduate)
PS135: Game Theory in the Social Sciences (undergraduate)
PS191: New World Empires: Structure, Development, and Legacies (junior seminar)



Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom, UC Academic Senate (systemwide)

Faculty Director, Berkeley Liberty Initiative
Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Governmental Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Berkeley Center for Political Economy

Associate Editor, Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy

Editorial Board member, Journal of Historical Political Economy, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Public Policy, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance

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

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