Democratic Institutions Research Team (D.I.R.T.)


In some disciplines, they are called “labs.” We call ourselves a “research team” – the 
Democratic Institutions Research Team (D.I.R.T.). The purpose of the team is to spawn 
and pursue new research projects. Our interests run the gamut of democratic institutions, 
and we meet weekly to discuss our collaborative efforts. Tasks -- formal modeling, empirical
modeling, data collection, literature reviews, composing text, etc. -- are meted out on a
rotating basis. Subgroups of members mix and match across projects as the demands of the
specific project warrant – the goal being to assemble the appropriate mix of tool sets.
Members of the team are listed below. You can match their bios with the papers and
proposals listed on the “Projects” page of the site.