Behavioral Models of Politics Conference

Conference Program

The conference brought together scholars who value analytical modeling and are open to broadening political scientists' theoretical toolkits beyond the standard rational choice, game theoretic paradigm. The papers and presentations featured a mix of theoretical and empirical perspectives and discussion.

Papers and slides from the conference can be found below. The conference was held in Mervis Hall, Room 117. 

Friday, October 11 

9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Jonathan Woon (Pittsburgh): Opening remarks, "As We Are: Imperfect Beings and Models of Politics" (slides)

10:30 - 11:15

Cheryl Boudreau (UC Davis): "Dissension in the Ranks?  An Experimental Test of Rationality and Spatial Voting in Local Elections" (slides)   

Discussant: Victoria Shineman (Pittsburgh), (slides)

11:15 - 12:00

Sera Linardi (Pittsburgh): "Globalization and Altruism Towards the Poor in Developing Countries" (slides)

Discussant: Elizabeth Carlson (Penn State)

12:00 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:15

Eric Dickson (NYU): "Struggles over Symbols and Endogenous Group Norms"

Discussant: Brad LeVeck (UCSD)

2:15 - 3:00

William Minozzi (Ohio State): "Deliberation as Interactive Reasoning" (slides)

Discussant: Ian Turner (Wash U), (slides)

3:00 - 3:30

Coffee break

3:30 - 5:00

Roundtable discussion:

  • Rick Wilson (Rice)

  • John Patty (WashU)

  • David Siegel (Duke), (slides)


Dinner Reception at The Porch


Saturday, October 12 

8:15 - 8:45


8:45 - 9:30

Maggie Penn (WashU): "Engagement, Disengagement, and Exit" (slides)

Discussant: Alistair Wilson (Pittsburgh)

9:30 - 10:15

Jonathan Woon (Pittsburgh): "Competition and Strategic Communication" (slides)

Discussant: Daniel Butler (Yale), (slides)

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:15

Rebecca Morton (NYU): "The Secret Ballot in the Lab: The Effects of Observability on Voter Behavior"

Discussant: Reuben Kline (Stony Brook), (slides)

11:15 - 12:00

Ignacio Esponda (NYU): "Conditional Retrospective Voting in Large Elections" (slides)

Discussant: Salvatore Nunnari (Columbia), (slides)

12:00 - 1:30

Closing lunch