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Daniel Gibbs, Assistant Professor

Daniel Gibbs, Assistant Professor
Daniel Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Core Faculty member at the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Department of Political Science
Room 121, 820 University City Boulevard (0348)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Daniel Gibbs is an assistant professor of political science and core faculty member at the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech.

His research develops game-theoretic models to study collective decision-making and political accountability in democratic political institutions. His work examines how politicians’ individual electoral interests influence the policy decisions they make collectively and how bureaucratic organization shapes the willingness and capacity of government agencies to implement policy. Dr. Gibbs has published multiple articles on bureaucratic organization. His current research includes studies of legislative bargaining, political pandering, message legislation, and obstruction.

Dr. Gibbs received his PhD in Politics from Princeton University, MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Harvard University, and BA in Political Science, Economics and Russian, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis in the Department of Political Science.

  • Formal theory
  • U.S. political institutions
  • Bureaucracy
  • Political agency
  • Political economy
  • Ph.D. in Politics, Princeton University, 2021
  • M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, 2015
  • B.A. in Political Science, Economics, and Russian, 2013

Journal Articles

“Civil Service Reform, Self-Selection, and Bureaucratic Performance.” 2020. Economics & Politics 32 (2): 279-304.

“Selection Rates and Bureaucratic Performance.” 2019. Economics of Governance 20 (2): 159-181.

Book Chapters

“F.A. Hayek and the Administrative State.” 2018. Exploring the Political Economy and Social Philosophy of F.A. Hayek, ed. Peter J. Boettke, Virgil Henry Storr, and Jayme Lemke. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Gateway
  • Political Science Research Methods

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