Mathew D. McCubbins

Ruth F. De Varney Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law
Duke University

Mathew D. McCubbins, is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work explores the intersections of law, politics and political economy. He has published more than 125 articles, six books, and has edited eight additional books in political science, public policy, law, computer science, cognitive science and psychology, economics, and biology. He holds a joint appointment in Duke University’s Department of Political Science and in the Law School. He is also the Director of the Center on Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Duke Law School.

McCubbins is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since compleiting the requirements of his PhD at the California Institute of Technology in 1982, McCubbins has also taught at the University of Texas, Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of San Diego Law School. From 1987 to 2010, McCubbins was Distinguished Professor and the Chancellor’s Associates Chair in the Department of Political Science, University of California San Diego. He also served there as the Coordinator of the Law and Behavioral Sciences Project and the Law and Public Policy Project. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Provost Professor of Business, Law and Political Economy at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC-Cal Tech Center for the Study of Law and Politics at the Gould School of Law. He was also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1994-95 and in 2013-2014 he was the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

McCubbins is the co-author of six books: The Logic of Delegation (University of Chicago Press, 1991), winner of the APSA’s 1992 Gladys M. Kammerer Award; Legislative Leviathan (University of California Press, 1993), winner of the APSA’s Legislative Studies Section’s 1994 Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize; The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (Cambridge University Press, 1998); Stealing the Initiative (Prentice-Hall 2000); Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the US House of Representatives (Cambridge University Press, 2005), winner of the APSA’s Leon Epstein Award; and Legislative Leviathan, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He is also editor or coeditor of eight additional books and has authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, in political science, economics, computer science, cognitive science, and biology, with one winning the Congressional Quarterly Prize for best article on legislative politics and another winning the SPPQ Award for best article on state politics. He has authored more than three dozen articles in law reviews or law journals. He has published under the nom de plume of McNollgast with his coauthors Roger Noll and Barry Weingast. Mat served as a co-editor of the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization for eight years (Oxford University Press). He served on the Board of the Society on Empirical Legal Studies for six years, including being its President in 2009-2010 and he again sits on the Board as Vice President. He is presently a co-editor of the Journal of Legal Analysis (Oxford University Press) and is a co-network director for the Political Science Network (PSN) within the Social Science Research Network (