Avi Acharya is an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University. He is a formal theorist and political economist. He has written in the fields of bargaining theory, voting theory, principal-agent theory, behavioral political economy, distributive politics, and long-run development. His work has been published (or is forthcoming) in some of the leading journals in political science including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, and Quarterly Journal of Political Science, as well as the leading journals in economic theory, including Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory and Games and Economic Behavior. He received his PhD in political economy from Princeton University and taught in the political science and economics departments at the University of Rochester for two years before coming to Stanford.