José Cheibub

  • Andrew W. Mellon Professor

José Antonio Cheibub is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include democratization and the origins and consequences of democratic institutions. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Texas A&M University.


POLS200: Foundations of Political Science
POLS352: Empirical Democratic Theory
POLS424: Comparative Government Institutions
POLS489: Elections and Representative Governments
POLS612: Seminar on Political Institutions
POLS620: Seminar on Comparative Political Institutions

Education & Training

  • PHD: University of Chicago, 1994

Representative Publications

  • Cheibub, José Antonio, Fernando Limongi, and Adam Przeworski. “Electing Presidents: A Hidden Facet of Democratization.” Forthcoming in Presidential Studies Quarterly.
  • Cheibub, José Antonio 2022. "Why Change the Form of Government?" Texas International Law Journal 57 (3): 365-380.
  • Cheibub, José Antonio, Thiago Moreira, Gisela Sin and Keigo Tanabe. 2022. "Dynamic Party System Fragmentation." Electoral Studies 76 (April).
  • Cheibub , José Antonio and Bjørn Erik Rasch. 2022. “Constitutional Parliamentarism in Europe, 1800–2019.” Western European Politics 45 (3): 470-501.
  • Limongi, Fernando and José Antonio Cheibub. 2022. “Elections.” In Conrado Hübner Mendes and Roberto Gargarella, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America. Oxford University Press. pp. 391-400.
  • Cheibub, José Antonio, Shane Martin, and Bjørn Erik Rasch. 2021. “Investiture rules and formation of minority governments in European parliamentary democracies.” Party Politics 27 (2): 351–362.
  • Cheibub, José Antonio and Gisela Sin. 2020. “Preference vote and intra-party competition in open-list PR systems” Journal of Theoretical Politics 32 (1): 70–95.

Research Interests

  • Origins, Operation and Consequences of Democratic Institutions
  • Legislative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Preferential Proportional Representation Electoral Systems


Area of Study