Michael Munger

  • Discipline: Chairman of the Department of Political Science
  • Organization: Duke University

Michael Munger is currently the Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Duke University. He holds concurrent appointments at the Department of Economics and Public Policy School at Duke, and the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

He received his PhD in economics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1984, and has worked as a staff economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, as a visiting assistant professor in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College, as well as tenure track positions at the University of Texas at Austin, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He accepted his current position at Duke University in 1997. He has served as Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at UNC-CH, is a past President (1996-8) of the Public Choice Society, and is President-Elect of the North Carolina Political Science Association. He will complete his ten-year sentence as Chair in June 2010, after which he will take over as Director of the undergraduate and graduate Political Economy programs at Duke. 

Research interests include statistical methods and “formal,” or mathematical, theories of political institutions or behavior. In addition to more than 100 articles and papers published in the professional literature, Professor Munger has authored or co-authored three books: Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice, (University of Michigan Press); Analytical Politics, (Cambridge University Press); and Analyzing Policy, (W.W. Norton). He has also co-edited Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics (Kluwer Academic Publishers).