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Daniel Diermeier Political scientist

Daniel Diermeier’s research focuses on formal political theory, political institutions, the interaction of business and politics, text analytics, public perception, as well as crisis and reputation management. His research into political institutions analyses on how constitutions can be designed for public benefit. His current research focuses on building formal models of boundedly rational voters. His research fuels his international lectures and consultations on managing media and issues, activists and consumer boycotts, and political strategy and regulations. From 2014 to 2016 he was Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. He currently serves as the University’s 13th Provost.


Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2014.

Elected Member,American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2013.

Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year Award, 2013.

Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, Nov. 2007.

L.G. Lavengood Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2001.

Relevant Publications

D. Diermeier and P. Fong, "Legislative bargaining with reconsideration," Q. J. Econ., vol. 126, no. 2, pp. 895-946, 2011.

D. Diermeier and D. Baron, "Strategic activism and non-market strategy. J. Econ. Manag. Strateg.," vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 599-634, 2007.

D. Diermeier et al, "A political economy model of congressional careers," Am. Econ. Rev., vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 347-373, 2005.

D. Diermeier and R.B. Myerson, "Bicameralism and its consequences for the internal organization of legislatures," Am. Econ. Rev., vol. 89, no. 5, pp. 1182-1196, 1999.

D. Diermeier and T.J. Feddersen, "Cohesion in legislatures and the vote of confidence procedure," Am. Polit. Sci. Rev. vol. 92, no. 3, pp. 611-621, Sept. 1998.


D. Diermeier, D. Reputation Rules: Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.

J. Bendor, et al, A Behavioral Theory of Elections. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2011.



Senior Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


University of ChicagoHarris School of Public Policy


PhD (Political Science) University of Rochester

M.A. (Political Science) University of Rochester

M.A. (Political Science) University of Munich

M.A. (Philosophy) University of Southern California


United States

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