Nolan McCarty

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs

207 Fisher Hall
Helene Wood
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  • U.S. Politics
  • Economic Inequality/Poverty
  • Comparative Politics


Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs.  His research interests include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He has authored, co-authored, or edited five books: Political Game Theory (2006, Cambridge University Press with Adam Meirowitz), Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal) and Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal), Polarization: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Can America Govern Itself? (with Frances Lee).  In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

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