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John Ahlquist

Professor of Political Economy at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy

John Ahlquist is a professor of political economy at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. His work explores how advanced capitalism and democratic government reinforce or undermine one another, with a focus on distributional conflict and the political mobilization of workers. Current projects include field and laboratory experiments on unemployment insurance and specific skills; the politics of spite; and employer-sponsored worker mutual aid funds. He is engaged in multiple policy-oriented research initiatives, including the working group on a New Moral Political Economy and the Workers’ Empowerment Research Network. His research has been published in a variety of outlets across the social sciences, including the American Economic JournalAmerican Journal of Political ScienceAmerican Political Science Review, and the Journal of Politics. He is the author of In the Interest of Others (with Margaret Levi; Princeton) and Maximum Likelihood Strategies for Social Science (with Michael Ward; Cambridge). He holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

John Ahlquist.

Expertise & Interests

  • Advanced capitalism
  • Democracy
  • Distributional conflict
  • Political mobilization
  • Applied data science