Scott Gehlbach

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Scott Gehlbach is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A political economist and comparativist, Gehlbach’s work is motivated by the contemporary and historical experience of Russia, Ukraine, and other postcommunist states. He has made numerous contributions to the study of autocracy, economic reform, political connections, and other important topics in political economy. Known for employing a wide range of methods in his research, Gehlbach has contributed to graduate education through the widely used textbook Formal Models of Domestic Politics. He is the author of many articles in top journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, as well as the award-winning monograph Representation Through Taxation: Revenue, Politics, and Development in Postcommunist States.

Gehlbach has at various times been affiliated with both the New Economic School and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, two Fulbright-Hays Fellowships, and many other grants. At the University of Wisconsin, he has been honored for his contributions to the discipline through several awards, including most recently the Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award. Among other contributions to the discipline, he serves as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Gehlbach received his Ph.D. in political science and economics from the University of California–Berkeley.



PS 835 Game Theory and Political Analysis Spring 2018-2019
PS 836 Formal Models of Domestic Politics Fall 2018-2019
PS 835 Game Theory and Political Analysis Spring 2017-2018
PS 274 Political Choice and Strategy Spring 2017-2018
PS 836 Formal Models of Domestic Politics Fall 2017-2018
PS 835 Game Theory and Political Analysis Spring 2016-2017
PS 534 Socialism and Transitions to the Market Spring 2016-2017
PS 836 Formal Models of Domestic Politics Fall 2016-2017



The CPS’ Editorial Board awarded “Does Reform Prevent Rebellion? Evidence from Russia’s Emancipation of the Serfs” as best paper published in CPS in 2015.

Brittingham trustees voted to provide $5,000 in support of his Seminar Series in History and Politics.

Best Article award from the European Politcs and Society Section of the APSA.


Kellet Mid-Career Faculty Research Award

Vilas Mid-Career Travel Award


Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Research Award. Publications


Abram Bergson Prize, Association for Comparative Economic Studies, for the best article published in Comparative Economic Studies in the previous two years, for “Did Post-Communist Privatization Increase Mortality?”


Romnes Faculty Fellowship Award by Graduate School