John W. Patty is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Co-editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Professor Patty’s research focuses on mathematical models of political institutions.  His substantive interests include the US Congress, the federal bureaucracy, American political development, and democratic theory.

Professor Patty regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on game theory, computational modeling, formal models of political institutions, the US Congress, and the federal bureaucracy. His work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Economics & Politics, Electoral Studies, Games & Economic Behavior, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Mathematical & Computer Modelling, Politics, Philosophy, & Economics, Political Science Research and MethodsPublic Choice, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Social Choice & Welfare.

He also coauthored Learning While Governing (University of Chicago Press, 2012) with Sean Gailmard, which won the 2013 William H. Riker book award, and Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility (Cambridge University Press, 2014) with Elizabeth Maggie Penn.  He currently serves on the editorial boards of American Journal of Political ScienceGames, Journal of PoliticsPolitical Analysisand Political Science Research and Methods.

Professor Patty received his Ph.D. in Social Sciences in 2001 and his M.S. in Economics in 1999 from the California Institute of Technology after receiving his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1996. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago in 2015, Professor Patty was Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Professor of Political Science & Director of the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis.

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