Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D.
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita is a professor and deputy dean for the faculty at Chicago Harris. He is an applied game theorist whose research focuses on political violence—especially terrorism and insurgency—and on democratic accountability. Bueno de Mesquita's current research on political violence focuses on tactical choice by rebel groups. He is also part of a team of scholars working to assemble the most comprehensive data set on political violence in Pakistan ever collected. Bueno de Mesquita's work on accountability examines how changes in electoral environments affect public goods provision, the quality of fiscal management, the incumbency advantage, corruption, and party strength. He is also concerned with more foundational questions regarding the nature of representation and accountability in democratic systems. Bueno de Mesquita has also written on several topics in law and politics, including the emergence of judicial norms such as deference to precedent, the effect of formal legal institutions on informal economic and social networks, and judicial oversight of the bureaucracy.Before coming to the Harris School, Bueno de Mesquita taught in the department of political science at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Lady Davis Fellow in political science and visiting fellow in the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the United States Institute of Peace. Bueno de Mesquita received his BA in political science from the University of Chicago and his MA and PhD in political science from Harvard.