I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. Broadly, my research examines the role that cognition and learning play in strategic decision-making. This includes questions such as:

  • Do experienced political professionals think about strategic dilemmas—such as cooperation and bargaining—differently than members of the general public? If so, how does this affect the prospects for cooperation in areas where these political elites are the primary decision-makers, such as international trade and climate policy?
  • How do decision-makers use reputation to learn about other individuals with whom they might cooperate? And, how does this affect behavior across the large number of settings where reputations are relevant—including everything from electoral politics to international alliance formation?
  • How do individuals with limited attention and cognition make choices in strategic games? And, how can we use this knowledge to improve collective decision-making in democracies?

Publications

  1. Money, Reputation, and Incumbency in U.S. House Elections, or Why Marginals Have Become More Expensive
    Henry A. Kim and Brad L. LeVeck
    American Political Science Review, 2013
  2. Corruption Drives the Emergence of Civil Society
    Sherief Abdallah, Rasha Sayed, Iyad Rahwan, Brad L. LeVeck, Manuel Cebrian, Alex Rutherford and James H. Fowler
    Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2014
  3. Decision Maker Preferences for International Legal Cooperation
    Emilie M. Hafner-Burton, Brad L. LeVeck, David G. Victor and James H. Fowler
    International Organization, 2014
  4. The Role of Self Interest in Elite Bargaining
    Brad L. LeVeck, D. Alex Hughes, James H. Fowler, Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and David G. Victor
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014
  5. How Activists Perceive the Utility of International Law
    Emilie M. Hafner-Burton, Brad L. LeVeck and David G. Victor
    Journal of Politics, 2015
  6. How International Reputation Matters: Revisiting Alliance Violations in Context
    Brad L. LeVeck and Neil Narang
    International Interactions, 2016
  7. Evidence for a scale invariant relationship between the incumbency advantage and the nationalization of US House elections 1866–2014
    Brad L. LeVeck and Stephane A. Nail
    Research and Politics, 2016
  8. No False Promises: How The Prospect of Non-Compliance Affects Elite Preferences for International Cooperation
    Emilie M. Hafner-Burton, Brad L. LeVeck and David G. Victor
    International Studies Quarterly, 2017
  9. The Democratic Peace and the Wisdom of Crowds
    Brad L. LeVeck and Neil Narang
    International Studies Quarterly, Forthcoming