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John W. Patty is a formal political theorist whose research focuses on political institutions and democratic theory. He is currently co-editor of Journal of Theoretical Politics, as well as serving on the editorial boards of Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Science Research and Methods, and Games. Professor Patty received his PhD is Social Sciences from the California Institute of Technology in 2001, his MS in Economics from the California Institute of Technology in 1999 and his BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1996. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Economy & Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Selected Publications:

  • Learning While Governing (University of Chicago Press, 2012) with Sean Gailmard.
  • Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility (Cambridge University Press, 2014) with Elizabeth Maggie Penn.
  • “Signaling Through Obstruction” American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • “Valence and Campaigns” (with Jennifer Carter) American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • “Sequential Decision-Making & Information Aggregation in Small Networks” (with Elizabeth Maggie Penn) Political Science Research & Methods, 2(2): 243–271, 2014.
  • “Manipulation and Single-Peakedness: A General Result.” (with Elizabeth Maggie Penn and Sean Gailmard) American Journal of Political Science, 55(2): 436-449, 2011.