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Kenneth Scheve

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Kenneth Scheve

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Woods Institute for the Environment
PhD, Political Science, Harvard University, 2000
BA, Economics, University of Notre Dame, 1990


Kenneth Scheve is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute. He currently serves as the Director of The Europe Center at FSI. His research interests are in the fields of international and comparative political economy and comparative political behavior with particular interest in the behavioral foundations of the politics of economic policymaking. His research has been published in numerous leading scholarly journals and has been recognized for a number of awards and grants including the Michael Wallerstein Award, the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award, and Robert O. Keohane Award. Scheve is also the author, with Matthew Slaughter, of Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers examining American public opinion about the liberalization of trade, immigration, and foreign direct investment policies. He is currently writing a book with David Stasavage examining the interaction between mass warfare, fairness concerns, and the development of progressive taxation in the 19th and 20th centuries across twenty countries. His current research projects also include comparative studies examining the role of interdependent preferences in opinion formation about tax policy, trade policy, and international environmental cooperation. Scheve received his PhD from Harvard University and his BA from the University of Notre Dame. He has been a visiting scholar at the Bank of England, London School of Economics, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2012, he taught at the University of Michigan and at Yale University.

Research Interests: 
Comparative Political Behavior, International and Comparative Political Economy