Jonathan Woon

  • Department Chair & Professor

Professor Woon’s research enriches our understanding of human behavior in the context of basic democratic processes. His work addresses a variety of questions concerning elections, representation, competition, and communication. Can voters hold politicians accountable? Why isn’t the pool of candidates for office more diverse? Do elections increase the provision of public goods? Are parties’ reputations tied to what they do in government? How does competition affect the incentives for lying and do citizens know when they are being lied to? Professor Woon approaches these questions primarily by conducting incentivized small group and decision-making experiments, applying the methods of experimental and behavioral economics. He also generates insights from game theoretic and behavioral models, survey experiments, and the statistical analysis of elections, public opinion, and legislative behavior. 


PS 0700 Research Methods in Political Science

PS 1250 Games, Politics, and Strategy

PS 1281 Capstone in American Politics

PS 1710 Formal Political Analysis

PS 2401 Behavioral Theory and Experiments

PS 2703 Formal Theory I

PS 2704 Formal Political Theory II



Education & Training

  • PhD, Stanford University, 2005

Representative Publications

Minozzi, William and Jonathan Woon. 2016. "Competition, Preference Uncertainty, and Jamming: A Strategic Communication Experiment" Games and Economic Behavior

Kanthak, Kristin and Jonathan Woon. 2015. “Women Don’t Run? Election Aversion andCandidate Entry” American Journal of Political Science

Woon, Jonathan and Ian P. Cook. 2015. "Competing Gridlock Models and Status Quo Policies." Political Analysis

Chaudoin, Stephen and Jonathan Woon. 2015. "How Hard to Fight? Strategic Sophistication in an Asymmetric Contest Experiment". Journal of Politics

Woon, Jonathan. 2014. "An Experimental Study of Electoral Incentives and Institutional Choice." Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Woon, Jonathan. 2012. "Democratic Accountability and Retrospective Voting: A Laboratory Experiment." American Journal of Political Science

Woon, Jonathan and Sarah Anderson. 2012. "Political Bargaining and the Timing of Congressaional Appropriations." Legislative Studies Quarterly

Hamman, John R., Roberto A. Weber, and Jonathan Woon. 2011. "An Experimental Investigation of Electoral Delegation and the Provision of Public Goods" American Journal of Political Science 55(4): 737-751

Woon, Jonathan. 2009 “Issue Attention and Legislative Proposals in the U.S. Senate.” Legislative Studies Quarterly34(1): 24-54

Woon, Jonathan and Jeremy C. Pope. 2008. “Made in Congress? Testing the Electoral Implications of Party Ideological Brand Names.” Journal of Politics 70(3): 823-836

Woon, Jonathan. 2008. “Bill Sponsorship in Congress: The Moderating Effect of Agenda Positions on Legislative Proposals.” Journal of Politics 70(1): 201-216

Working Papers

Pronin, Kira and Jonathan Woon. “Public Deliberation, Private Communication, and Collective Choice”

Woon, Jonathan, Dmytro Ilin, Minsu Jang, Kira Pronin, and Jacob Schiller. “Discussion and the Fairness of Majority Rule”

Woon, Jonathan. 2016. "Political Lie Detection"

Woon, Jonathan. 2016. "Primary Elections, Strategic Voting, and Candidate Polarization"

Woon, Jonathan and Kristin Kanthak. 2016. "Elections, Ability, and Candidate Honesty"

Minozzi, William and Jonathan Woon. 2016. "Competition and Strategic Communication: An Experimental Study"


Research Interests

Experiments, Political Economy, Information, Strategic Communication, Game Theory, Representation, Political Parties, Congress, American Politics


Area of Study