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Sean Gailmard

Professor, 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 principal-agent problems in politics, such as delegation of authority and communication of policy expertise. He applies this perspective to better understand the structure and development of political institutions. His research in this area has focused on the strategic origins of American political institutions in the English colonial period; expertise and political responsiveness in the bureaucracy; historical development of the American executive branch; 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 (with John W. Patty), which won the William H. Riker Prize (APSA political economy section) and Herbert A. Simon Prize (APSA public administration section), as well as 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 political theory
Principal-agent theory
Bureaucratic politics & executive branch structure
American politics
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (2002)
M.P.A., Indiana University (1997)
B.S., Indiana University (1996)

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 of Political Development (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)


Editorial Board, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Public Policy, Public Administration Review

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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