Department of Political Science and the College
John Patty’s research focuses on mathematical models of political institutions. His areas of substantive interest include the United States Congress, the federal bureaucracy, American political history, and democratic theory. His work has been published in multiple journals, including the American Journal of Political Science; Annual Review of Political Science; Economics & Politics; Electoral Studies; Games & Economic Behavior; Journal of Politics; Journal of Public Policy; Mathematical and Computer Modelling; Politics, Philosophy, & Economics; Political Science Research and Methods; Public Choice; Quarterly Journal of Political Science; and Social Choice and Welfare.
He co-authored Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which won the 2013 William H. Riker Book Award for the best book published in political economy. He also co-authored (with Elizabeth Maggie Penn, also of the University of Chicago) Social Choice and Legitimacy: The Possibilities of Impossibility (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His article “Equilibrium Party Government” was chosen as the best article published in the American Journal of Political Science in 2008. He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics.
Patty holds an MS in economics and a PhD in social sciences from the California Institute of Technology. Most recently, he was a professor of political science and director of the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.