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Ryan Hubert


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • Master of Public Administration, Columbia University, 2010
  • B.A., Politics and Economics, Brandeis University, 2005


Ryan Hübert joined the Department of Political Science at UC Davis as an assistant professor in 2016. Prior to his graduate work in political science and economics, he completed a degree in public policy at Columbia University, worked as a paralegal at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and interned with the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway. His interests fall at the intersection of political science, economics, law and public administration. His research is largely motivated by the observation that institutions structure American politics and governance in ways that are often counterintuitive and more profound than commonly understood.

Research Focus

Professor Hübert’s research uses game theory, machine learning and text analysis to study the U.S. courts, as well as other U.S. political institutions. Broadly speaking, his work focuses on the ways that institutional arrangements and personal biases incentivize officials, including judges, to adequately and fairly serve the interests of citizens in contexts where those officials are required to make decisions about issues that are substantively complex or otherwise difficult to resolve. As a result, his research speaks to broad normative concerns about the consistency of government decision making as well as the potential pitfalls of norms favoring “neutral arbiters.”


Ryan Hübert’s teaching interests include formal theory and research methodology, judicial politics, political economy, American politics, and public policy. He has taught graduate courses on formal models of political science, quantitative methods and intermediate microeconomics, and undergraduate courses on economic policy analysis, political science research methods and the U.S. Congress. 


  • American Political Science Association’s Best Graduate Student Poster in Law and Courts, 2015
  • UC Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • UC Berkeley Political Science Formal Theory Fellowship, 2012-2013