Scott Gehlbach is Professor of Political Science and Romnes Faculty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A political economist and comparativist, Gehlbach's work is motivated by the contemporary and historical experience of Russia and other postcommunist states. He has made numerous contributions to the study of economic reform, autocracy, political connections, and other important topics in political economy. Known for employing a wide range of methods in his research, Gehlbach has contributed to graduate education through the widely used textbook Formal Models of Domestic Politics. He is the author of many articles in top journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, as well as the award-winning monograph Representation Through Taxation: Revenue, Politics, and Development in Postcommunist States.
Gehlbach has at various times been affiliated with both the New Economic School and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His work has been supported by two Fulbright-Hays Fellowships and many other grants. At the University of Wisconsin, he has been honored for his contributions to the discipline through several awards, including most recently the Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award. Among other contributions to the discipline, he serves as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. Gehlbach received his Ph.D. in political science and economics from the University of California–Berkeley.
Scott Gehlbach, Konstantin Sonin & Milan Svloik "Formal Models of Nondemocratic Politics." 2016. Annual Review of Political Science. 19:565-84
Evgeny Finkel, Scott Gehlbach, and Tricia Olsen. 2015. "Does Reform Prevent Rebellion? Evidence from Russia's Emancipation of the Serfs." Comparative Political Studies. 48(8):984-1019.
Scott Gehlbach, "The Fallacy of Multiple Methods," Comparative Politics Newsletter. 2015
Scott Gehlbach and Alberto Simpser. 2015. "Electoral Manipulation as Bureaucratic Control." American Journal of Political Science. 59(1):212-224.
Scott Gehlbach and John S. Earle. “The Productivity Consequences of Political Turnover.” American Journal of Political Science. 59(3):708-723.
The CPS' Editorial Board awarded "Does Reform Prevent Rebellion? Evidence from Russia's Emancipation of the Serfs" as best paper published in CPS in 2015.
Brittingham trustees voted to provide $5,000 in support of his Seminar Series in History and Politics.