Mehdi Shadmehr 


I am an associate professor at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Public Policy. Prior to joining UNC, I was an associate professor of economics at the University of Calgary  (2016-2020), and an assistant professor of economics at the University of Miami Business School (2011-2016). In 2018-2020, I was a visiting associate professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. In 2017-2018, I was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2015, I was a visiting associate research scholar at Princeton University Department of Politics.

I specialize in political economy and applied game theory. Methodologically, I focus on developing formal models, but I also use both quantitative and qualitative methods. I am particularly interested in coordination games in general equilibrium settings, information manipulation, dynamic voting models, and mechanism design. Substantively, I am particularly interested in political risk, regime change, populism, globalization, capital control, international human rights interventions, leadership, and the interaction between religion and politics. I have also worked on decision making in small entrepreneurial groups, search models, and legal innovations in judiciaries.