Shvetsova Brief CV


Ph.D.                 Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 1995.
M.S.                   Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 1993.
Diploma (M.A.) Political Economy, Moscow State University, 1989.

DISSERTATION:         Electoral Institutional Design


2014 – present Professor of Political Science and Economics (Joint Title), Binghamton University
2020 - present Director of COVID--19 Policy Responce Lab, Binghamton University
2007 – 2014      Associate Professor of Political Science, Binghamton University
2008 – 2012      Associate Professor of Economics (Joint Title), Binghamton University
2004 – 2007      Assistant Professor of Political Science, Binghamton University
2004 – 2005      Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, California Institute of Technology
2003 – 2004      Fellow at the Micro‑Incentives Research Center, Duke University
2003 – 2004      Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke University
1996 – 1997      Visiting Assistant Researcher in Social Science, Department of Politics and Society, University of California, Irvine
1995 – 2003      Research Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Washington University in St. Louis
1994 – 2003      Assistant Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis



1. Formal Modeling in Social Science (with Carol Mershon). University of Michigan Press. September 3, 2019. 256 pp. Hardcover: ISBN: 978-0472074235; Paperback: ISBN: 978-0472054237; ASIN: B07X3BT8QL

2. Parties and Party System Change in Legislatures Worldwide: Moving Outside the Electoral Arena (with Carol Mershon) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. October 5, 2013. 240 pages 17 b/w illus. 28 tables. Hardcover: ISBN:9780521765831; Paperback: 978-1107569607; ASIN: B00CMNTL1W.

3. Micro-Foundations of Federal Institutional Stability. Special Issue of: Constitutional Political Economy. 16(2).  June 2005.

4. Designing Federalism: A Theory of Self-Sustainable Federal Institutions. (with Mikhail Filippov and Peter C. Ordeshook). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2004. 384 pages 10 line diagrams 17 tables. Hardcover: ISBN: 0521816181; Paperback: ISBN: 0521016487; Printed access edition: ISBN: 978-0511610875; ASIN: B01DM27URI.
Honorable Mention for the William H. Riker Prize of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association, September 2005.

Articles in refereed journals:

5. "Governor’s Party, Policies, and COVID-19 Outcomes: Further Evidence of an Effect" (with Andrei Zhirnov, Frank Giannelli, Michael Catalano, Olivia Catalano). 2021. American journal of preventive medicine, October 11, 2021. DOI:

6. “Federal Institutions and Strategic Policy Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic.” (with Julie VanDusky-Allen, Andrei Zhirnov, Abdul Basit Adeel, Michael Catalano, Olivia Catalano, Frank Gianelli, Ezgi Muftuoglu, Dina Rosenberg, Mehmet Halit Sezgin and Tianyi Zhao). 2021. Frontiers Political Science - Elections and Representation. DOI: 

7. “COVID-19 Policy Response and the Rise of the Sub-national Governments.” (with Abdul Basit Adeel, Michael Catalano, Olivia Catalano, Grant Gibson, Ezgi Muftuoglu, Tara Riggs, Mehmet Halit Sezgin, Naveed Tahir, Julie VanDusky-Allen, Tianyi Zhao, Andrei Zhirnov. 2020. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de politiques 46(4). DOI:

8. “Institutional Origins of Protective COVID-19 Public Health Policy Responses: Informational and Authority Redundancies and Policy Stringency” (with Andrei Zhirnov,  Julie VanDusky-Allen, Abdul Basit Adeel, Michael Catalano, Olivia Catalano, Frank Giannelli, Ezgi Muftuoglu, Tara Riggs, Mehmet Halit Sezgin, Naveed Tahir, Tianyi Zhao). Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy. 1, 4 (2020)7.    

9. “Traditional Authority and Bargaining for Legitimacy in Dual Legitimacy Systems” (with Carol Mershon). Journal of Modern African Studies. 57, 2 (2019), pp. 289–312.8.   

10. “Accounting for Heterogeneous Private Risks In The Provision of Public Goods: The Controversy of Compulsory Contracting Institutions in Horizontal Hydrofracturing” (with Benjamin Farrer and Robert Holahan). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 133(1):138-150. January 2017.

11. “Hunting the Core.” (with Carol Mershon) Journal of Theoretical Politics. April 2014

12. “The Micro-Foundations of Party System Stability in Legislatures.” (with Carol Mershon) Journal of Politics. 75(4) October 2013.

13.  “Risks and Constraints of Political Modernization in Russia: The Federal Problem,” (with Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov) Perspectives on European Politics and Society 12(1): 1-19. 2011 

14. "Surviving Structural Change: Electoral Reform in the Face of Franchise Expansion" with Barbara Kinsey. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 20: 303-327, 2008.

15. “Parliamentary Cycles and Party Switching in Legislatures” with Carol Mershon. Comparative Political Studies, 41: 99-127, 2008.

16. “Representative Democracy as a Necessary Condition for the Survival of a Federal Constitution ” with Kevin Roust. Publius: the Journal of Federalism, 37(2): 244-61, 2007.

17. “Mass-Elite Equilibrium of Federal Constitutional Legitimacy.” Constitutional Political Economy, 16(2): 125-41. 2005.

18. "Endogenous Selection of Institutions and Their Exogenous Effects," Constitutional Political Economy. 14(3): 191-212, 2003.

19. “Gaining Legislative Control through Strategic District Nomination: The Case of the Russian Left in 1995,” Legislative Studies Quarterly. XXVII: 635-57, 2002.

20. “Heresthetical Maneuvering on the U.S. Supreme Court,” with Lee Epstein,  Journal of Theoretical Politics. 14(1): 93-122, 2002.

21. “Comparing Judicial Selection Systems,” with Lee Epstein and Jack Knight. William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 10(1): 7-36, 2001.

22. “The Role of Constitutional Courts in the Establishment and Maintenance of Democratic Systems of Government,” with Lee Epstein and Jack Knight, Law and Society Review, 35(1): 117-64, 2001.

23. “A Survey of Post-Communist Electoral Institutions: 1990-1998,” Electoral Studies, 18(3): 397-409, 1999.

24. “Asymmetric Bi-Lateral Bargaining in the New Russian Federation: A Path-Dependence Explanation,” with Mikhail Filippov, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 31(1): 61-76, 1999.

25. “Party Fragmentation and Presidential Elections in Post-Communist Democracies,” with Mikhail Filippov and Peter Ordeshook, Constitutional Political Economy, 10: 1-24, 1999.

26. “Federalism and Constitutional Design,” with Peter Ordeshook, The Journal of Democracy, 8(1):  27-42, 1997.

27. "If Hamilton and Madison Were Merely Lucky, What Hope is there for Russian Federalism?" with Peter Ordeshook, Constitutional Political Economy, 6(2): 107-26, 1995.

28. "Ethnic Heterogeneity, District Magnitude, and the Number of Parties," with Peter Ordeshook, American Journal of Political Science, 38(1): 100-23, 1994.

Refereed book chapters and series:

29. "Constitutional and Institutional Structural Determinants of Policy Responsiveness to Protect Citizens from Existential Threats: COVID-19 and beyond" (with  Zhirnov, Andrey; Adeel, Abdul Basit; Catalano, Michael; Catalano, Olivia; Chu, Hyoungrohk; Dumond, Garrett K.; Ghincea, Georgian-Marius; Means, Jason; Muftuoglu, Ezgi; Riggs, Tara; Sadykova, Almira; Sezgin, Mehmet Halit; Allen, Julie Vandusky; and Zhao, Tianyi. Working Papers Series. 4. May 2020.

30. "Policy Error and Policy Rescue in COVID-19 Responses in the United States and United Kingdom." (with Catalano, Michael; Chu, Hyoungrohk; Dumond, Garrett K.; Muftuoglu, Ezgi; Ozutemiz, Hasan; Sadykova, Almira; and Riggs, Tara). Working Papers Series. 3. April 2020.

31. “The Ouroborous of Political Institutions: Party Rules in Institutional Context” (with William Heller). Citizenship, rights, and cultural belonging Working paper series. no. 101. Binghamton: Binghamton University. October 2016.

32. “Autocratic Health versus Democratic Health: Different outcome variables for health as a factor versus health as a right.” In The Political Economy of Social Choices. Gallego, Maria, Schofield, Norman, Eds. Springer (with Dina Rosenberg). 2016.

33. “Deciding How to Choose the Healthcare System” (with Katri Sieberg). In Advances in Political Economy: Institutions, Modeling and Empirical Analysis. by Norman Schofield, Gonzalo Caballero and Daniel Kselman, Eds. New York: Springer. 2013

34. “Federalism is Good for Democracy, Not so Good for Democratization” (with Mikhail Filippov). In Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and the Varieties of Federalism. Arthur Benz and Joerg Broschek, eds. Oxford University Press. 2013

35. “Moving in Time: Legislative Party Switching as Time-Contingent Choice.” (with Carol Mershon) In Norman Schofield and Gonzalo Caballero, eds., Political Economy and Institutions. New York: Springer. 2011

36. “Timing Matters: Incentives for Party Switching and Stages of Parliamentary Cycle” (with Carol Mershon). in William B. Heller and Carol Mershon, eds. Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching. Palgrave Macmillan. 2009.

37. “Compromising a Long Lasting Transitional Formula,” in Josep Colomer, ed., The Handbook of Electoral System Design. St. Martin Press. 2005.

38."Resolving the Problem of Pre‑Election Coordination: The 1999 Parliamentary Election as Elite Presidential 'Primary,'" in V. Hesli and W. Reisinger, eds., Elections, Parties and the Future of Russia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2003.

39. “Selecting Selection Systems,” (with Lee Epstein and Jack Knight). Judicial Independence at the Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Stephen B. Burbank and Barry Friedman, eds. American Academy of Political and Social Science/Sage Publications.  pp. 191‑226. 2002.

40. “Institutions and Coalition-Building in Post-Communist Transitions,” in A. Reynolds, ed., The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy.  Oxford University Press. pp. 55-78. 2002.

41. “Ensuring a Stable Federal State: Economics or Political Institutional Design,” (with Mikhail Filippov and Peter Ordeshook) In Rules and Reason: Perspectives on Constitutional Political Economy, Pietro Navarra, Ram Mudambi, and Giuseppe Sobbrio, eds. Cambridge University Press. pp. 207-36. 2001.

42. The Duverger law without two-partism. St. Louis, Mo. : Washington University, School of Business and Center in Political Economy, 1997. HB31 .P64 v.193.

43. “Assessing the extent of the endogeneity problem in institutional selection: The case of East European election laws.” Political economy working paper. St. Louis: Washington University, Center in Political Economy, 1998). ASIN: B0006R1M9K.

44. Russia, Federalism, and Political Stability (with Peter C Ordeshook). College Park: Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector, University of Maryland at College Park. 1995/4.

45. Russia, Federalism, and Political Stability, (with Peter Ordeshook) California Institute of Technology, Social Science Working Paper 882, March 1995.

46. Equilibria with Unrestricted Entry in Multimember District Elections (under SNTV), California Institute of Technology, Social Sciences Working Paper 780, March 1994. ASIN: B0006PDDE4.

47. Competition in Plurality Elections in Multimember Districts (Evidence from Taiwan and Japan), California Institute of Technology, Social Sciences Working Paper 781, March 1994.


Olga V. Shvetsova

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Department of Political Science
P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, New York 13902
Phone: 607-777-4230; FAX : 607-777-2675