Ryan Hübert

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science

University of California, Berkeley

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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and an M.A. candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. My research interests are in formal theory, U.S. courts and law, and methodology.

My dissertation explores the ways that the institutions of U.S. trial courts promote information acquisition by judges on the bench, who need to collect information about cases in order to make decisions. Specifically, I analyze the principal-agent relationship between appellate courts and trial courts in light of a key moral hazard problem: how can trial judges be induced to undertake maximum effort to learn the facts and the law pertaining to the legal cases before them when this effort is costly and imperfectly observed by principals in the appellate courts?

Before coming to Berkeley, I received an M.P.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. summa cum laude in Politics and Economics from Brandeis University. I have also worked in the corporate practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, and interned at the U.S. Embassy in Norway.