I am a historian of political thought; my main research addresses the nature and limits of the state, the intersection between ideas of empire, citizenship and political philosophy, and the historical development of philosophical and scientific approaches to politics. My work to date has focussed primarily on early modern perspectives on these issues.
Barry R. Weingast is the Ward C. Krebs Family Professor, Department of Political Science, and a Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution. He served as Chair, Department of Political Science, from 1996 through 2001. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Nathan Lee's research focuses on how citizens and policymakers form their factual beliefs in politics. In particular, he is interested in the "politics of expertise", i.e., the conditions under which different types of policy-relevant experts succeed or fail to influence policy decisions. He employs a variety of methods, with an emphasis on survey methods and survey experiments.
Jennifer Pitts is Associate Professor of Political Science.
Christopher R. Berry is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, academic director of the Center for Municipal Finance, and faculty director of the Master of Science Program in Computational Analysis and Public Policy. His research interests include metropolitan governance, the politics of public finance, and intergovernmental fiscal relations.