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Maggie Penn is a formal political theorist whose work focuses on social choice theory and political institutions. She regularly teaches undergraduate courses on electoral systems and agent-based modeling as well as graduate courses on positive political theory. Her work has been published with Cambridge University Press and in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Mathematical & Computer Modelling, Political Analysis, Political Science Research & Methods, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Choice, Social Choice & Welfare, The Good Society, and Complexity.
Professor Penn received her PhD in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2003 and her BA in Economics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (2003-2005), Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University (2005-2009), and Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2015).
- Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility, with John Patty. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- "Engagement, Disengagement, or Exit: A Theory of Equilibrium Associations," 2015. Forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science.
- "Scoring from Contests," with Keith Schnakenberg. Political Analysis 22(1), 2014.
- "Manipulation and Single-Peakedness: A General Result," with Sean Gailmard & John Patty. American Journal of Political Science 55(2), 2011.
- "A Model of Farsighted Voting" American Journal of Political Science 53(1), 2009.
- "Citizenship versus Ethnicity: The Role of Institutions in Shaping Identity Choice" Journal of Politics 70(4), 2008.