Maggie Penn is a Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is a formal political theorist whose work focuses on social choice theory and political institutions. She regularly teaches undergraduate courses on electoral systems and agent-based modeling as well as graduate courses on positive political theory. 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 Chicago she was Assistant Professor of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (2003-2005), Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University (2005-2009), and Associate Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2015).