Political Science and Political Economy

Research Pillar(s): Political Economy and Institutional Analysis

About: The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

We also hold an annual conference (jointly with the Department of Politics at New York University).

Our activities are supported by the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) and the LSE Government Department.

Members: Dr Sarah Brierley, Professor Torun Dewan, Dr Mathilde Emeriau, Dr Rafael Hortala-Vallve, Dr Ryan Jablonski, Prof Valentino Larcinese, Dr George Ofosu, Dr Mathias Poertner, Dr Joachim Wehner, Dr Stephane Wolton

Political Science and Political Economy Seminar Series:

Seminar Convener(s): Dr Mathilde Emeriau

The PSPE Research Seminar provides a venue for researchers (mostly from outside of LSE) to present their work. All speakers will present their work in person.

Location: SAL.3.05, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Time: 2.00 to 3.30pm

Contact to be added to the mailing list.

Upcoming Seminars

Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 27 September
Speaker: Andrew Little (University of California, Berkeley)

Tuesday 4 October
Speaker: Anselm Hager (Humboldt-Universität)

Tuesday 11 October
Spekaer: Soledad Artiz Prillaman (Stanford University)

Tuesday 18 October
Speaker: Avidit Acharya (Stanford University)

Tuesday 25 October
Speaker: Barry Weingast (Stanford University)

Tuesday 8 November
Speaker: Erik Snowberg (University of Utah)

Tuesday 15 November
Speaker: Anderson Frey (University of Rochester)

Tuesday 22 November
Speaker: Diana Moreira (University of California, Davis)

Tuesday 29 November
Speaker: Peter Buisseret (Harvard University)

Tuesday 6 December
Speaker: Wiola Dziuda (University of Chicago)

Lent Term

Tuesday 17 January
Speaker: Alan Wiseman (Vanderbilt University)

Tuesday  24 January
Speaker: Danny Choi (Brown University)

Tuesday 31 January
Speaker: Erika Pini (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Tuesday 7 February 
Speaker: Salma Mousa (Yale University)

Tuesday 14 February
Speaker: Emily Sellars (Yale University)

Tuesday 28 February
Speaker: Alexey Makarin (MIT Sloan)

Tuesday 7 March
Speaker: Caroline Le Pennec (HEC Montreal)

Tuesday 14 March
Speaker: Samuel Bazzi (University of California San Diego)

Tuesday 21 March
Speaker: Livia Schubiger (Duke University)

Tuesday 28 March
Speaker: Jim Robinson (University of Chicago)

PSPE Doctoral Workshop / Work in Progress Seminar

The PSPE Doctoral Workshop/Work in Progress Seminar is intended as an informal setting in which LSE PhD students and LSE staff, and visiting scholars can present and receive feedback on early stage and ongoing research. The Seminar aims to foster a strong and lively research community within the PSPE group and beyond. We welcome empirical or theoretical work linked in any way to politics or political economy. Anyone in the LSE community is welcome to attend. The seminar meets Wednesdays 13:00-14:00 in CBG.4.17. 

Seminar Convener(s): Dr Mathilde Emeriau (

Student Chair(s): Tiffany Lau ( and Lorenzo Vicari (

Upcoming Seminars

Michaelmas Term

Wednesday 5 October
Nelson Ruiz (Essex)

Wednesday 12 October
Thoraya El-Rayyes (LSE)

Wednesday 19 October
Tinghua Yu (Brikbeck, University of London)

Wednesday 26 October
Omar Hammoud Gallego (LSE)

Wednesday 9 November
Vanessa Cheng-Matsuno (LSE)

Wednesday 23 November
Guy Pincus (London Business School)

Wednesday 30 November
Sevinç Bermek (LSE)

Wednesday 7 December
Alex Yeandle (LSE)

Lent Term

Wednesday 18 January
Chloe Nibourel (IIES Stockholm University)

Wednesday 25 January
David Foster (LSE)

Thursday 2 February
Dan Posner (UCLA)

Wednesday 8 February
Michelle Rao (LSE)

Wednesday 15 February
Alberto Parmigiani (LSE)

Wednesday 1 March
Tommaso Crescioli (LSE)

Wednesday 8 March
Alex Yeandle (LSE)

Wednesday 15 March
Miguel Fajardo-Steinhauser (LSE)

Wednesday 22 March
Hamza Syed (LSE)

Wednesday 29 March
Manoel Gehrke (Birmingham University)