Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Director of the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University, 1991
Office: 4343 Bunche Hall
Phone: (310) 794-5860
Fax: (310) 825-0778
UCLA Department of Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472
Human Complex Systems
Center for Governance
AAUP Local Chapter at UCLA
Ethics and Governance
Can't We Make Moral Judgments?
Diversity, Disagreement, and Democracy
Understanding the Public Issue Life Cycle
Global Environment and World Politics
Universities, the Rise of the West, and the Rise of the Rest
Methodology, Political Theory, Comparative Politics
Research Interests in the Past:
Game Theory; Collective Action; Monetary Policy and Central Banking
Current Research Interests:
Human Complex Systems; Ethics and Governance; Political Economy of Universities, Science, and Higher Education
Susanne Lohmann is Professor of Political Science and Public
Policy and Director of the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary
Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA.
Professor Lohmann received her Ph.D. in economics and political
economy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991. She taught at
Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business before joining
UCLA in 1993. Professor Lohmann was John M. Olin Fellow at
Carnegie Mellon University; Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, also at
Carnegie Mellon University; James and Doris McNamara Fellow
at Stanford University; John M. Olin Fellow at the University of
Southern California; Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in
the Behavioral Sciences; and Fellow of the John Simon
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Professor Lohmann’s articles on collective action and central
banking have appeared in American Economic Review, American
Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science,
World Politics, International Organization, and other leading
social science journals. Her current research focus is the political
economy of research universities and higher education. She is
completing a book titled How Universities Think: The Hidden
Work of a Complex Institution, which is under contract with
Cambridge University Press.
Professor Lohmann teaches courses on ethics and governance. Her
online course on "Diversity, Disagreement, and Democracy"
embeds mini games of cooperation, competition, coordination, and
collaboration in a massively multiplayer game of life. She is the
recipient of two teaching awards.
Selected Publications on Collective Action:
"A Signaling Model of Informative and Manipulative Political Action," American Political Science Review, Vol. 88, 1993: 319-333.
"Information Aggregation Through Costly Political Action," American Economic Review, Vol. 84, 1994: 518-530.
"Dynamics of Informational Cascades: The Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig, East Germany, 1989-1991," World Politics, Vol. 47, 1994: 42-101.
"An Information Rationale for the Power of Special Interests," American Political Science Review, Vol. 92, 1998: 809-827.
Selected Publications on Monetary Policy and Central Banking:
"Optimal Commitment in Monetary Policy: Credibility versus Flexibility," American Economic Review, Vol. 82, 1992: 273-286.
"Federalism and Central Bank Independence: The Politics of German Monetary Policy, 1957-1992," World Politics, Vol. 50, 1998: 401-446.
"What Price Accountability? The Lucas Island Model and the Politics of Monetary Policy," American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 43, No. 2, 1999: 396-430.
"Sollbruchstelle: Deep Uncertainty and the Design of Monetary Institutions," International Finance, Vol. 3, 2000: 391-411.
Selected Publications on the Political Economy of Universities, Science, and Higher Education:
"Darwinian Medicine for the University," in Governing Academia, ed. Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Cornell University Press, 2003, pp. 71-90.
How Universities Think: The Hidden Work of a Complex Institution.