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Applied Political Theory Lab

The Applied Political Theory Lab is a working group of Caltech HSS faculty, students, and alums that share a common interest in developing substantively motivated, empirically relevant, and analytically tractable mathematical models of political phenomena.

The group was founded in 2018 by Professor Alexander V. Hirsch and Professor Michael Gibilisco, and currently meets weekly over Zoom to present and discuss its members' ongoing research. Much of our work focuses on the application of agency models to a wide array of political and organizational settings, including electoral politics, legislative organization, bureaucratic relations, legal institutions, and civil conflict.

A list of our currently active members may be found here.