Kenneth A. Shepsle is the George D. Markham Professor of Government and a founding member of The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
Professor Shepsle has written numerous articles on formal political theory, congressional and parliamentary politics, public policy, and political economy. He was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He was editor of Public Choice, served on the Board of Editors of the Cambridge University Press Series on the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions, and served as Vice President of the American Political Science Association. In 1990 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was chair of the Department of Government at Harvard, 1995-98. From 1997 to 2005 he chaired the Faculty Planning Committee for the Center for Government and International Studies, a building complex for government, international and social scientific research centers. His current research focuses on formal models of political institutions, rule breaking, and political imagination.