Research and Policy
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita
Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean for Promotions & Recruitments
Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, AB’96, is an applied game theorist whose research focuses on political violence—especially terrorism, insurgency, and rebellion—and on democratic accountability. He is widely recognized for his work on the organizational operations and institutional design of rebel and terrorist groups, with papers ranging from an investigation of the conditions under which rebel organizations can successfully recruit volunteers to analyses of the effects of offering concessions to terrorists.
Before joining Harris in 2007, Bueno de Mesquita taught in the department of political science at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Lady Davis Fellow in political science and visiting fellow in the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an elected member of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the United States Institute of Peace.
Bueno de Mesquita received an AB in political science from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in political science from Harvard.