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Seminar Series on Ideas, Identities and Decisional Processes that Affect Security
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John Ferejohn
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

John Ferejohn

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John Ferejohn is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stanford University, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and Charles Seligson Professor of Law at New York University. He also holds an adjunct professorship at the Research School for the Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra.


His research and teaching interests focus on political institutions, political behavior, theory of social choice, formal theories of politics, public law, comparative constitutions, legislative studies, and philosophy of social science.


He has written on varied empirical and theoretical topics concerning political institutions and behavior, including social choice theory, electoral processes, and theories of legislatures and of legislation. Currently his interests have been in jurisprudence and political theory and in understanding rational choice explanations of social phenomena.


His numerous publications include Pork Barrel Politics; Rivers and Harbors Legislation, 1947-1968 (Stanford University Press, 1974), The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence, with Bruce Cain and Morris Fiorina (Harvard University Press, 1987), Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule, co-edited with Jack Rakove and Jonathan Riley (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and numerous articles in journals and collections. The Personal Vote: Constituency Service and Electoral Independence won the 1988 Richard Fenno Prize for the best book in legislative politics during 1987.


In this lecture, Ferejohn will be discussing a paper he wrote with Pasquale Pasquino and recently presented at a conference on Rational Choice and Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago. The paper can be found at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/file/Ferejohn.pdf.


Ferejohn has held fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Brookings Institution, Center for Advanced Study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Hoover Institution. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988. 


In 2007, Ferejohn was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Social Science by Yale University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.


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