Elizabeth Maggie Penn

Director of Graduate Studies

Professor of Political Science

Office: 320 Tarbutton Hall

Phone: 404-727-6565

Fax: (404) 727-4586

Email: empenn@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science

1555 Dickey Drive
Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia 30322

Additional Websites


  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2003
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1999


Maggie Penn is a formal political theorist whose work focuses on social choice theory and political institutions.  Her work has been published with Cambridge University Press and in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Mathematical & Computer Modelling, Political Analysis, Political Science Research & Methods, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Choice, Social Choice & Welfare, The Good Society, and Complexity.  Since the fall of 2015 she has been a Managing Editor of Social Choice & Welfare.  She also co-edits the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions book series at Cambridge University Press.

Penn received her Ph.D. in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2003 and her B.A. in Economics and Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Prior to arriving at Emory she was Assistant Professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (2003-2005), Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University (2005-2009), Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2015), and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago (2015-2018).