Rick K. Wilson

(October 2007)

Department of Political Science, MS 24
Rice University
Houston, TX 77251-1892
(713) 348-3352

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Academic Experience

Areas of Specialization

American Politics: Legislative Politics

Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis

Political Theory: Social Choice and Game Theory

Formal and Empirical Democratic Theory

Experimental Methods


External Grants and Awards


Rhetoric and Ratification: Winning the Constitution. Yale University Press, 1996. By William Riker. edited by Randall Calvert, John Mueller and Rick Wilson.
Congressional Dynamics: Structure, Coordination and Choice in the First American Congress, 1774-1789. Stanford University Press, 1994. With Calvin Jillson.



"Collective Choice Experiments." (forthcoming) In The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, edited by Stephen Durlauf and Lawrence Blume. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
"Risk Loving after the Storm: A Bayesian-Network Study of Hurrican-Katrina Evacuees." (forthcoming) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. With Catherine C. Eckel and Mahmoud El-Gamal.
"Public Goods in the Field: Katrina Evacuees in Houston." (2007) Southern Economic Journal 74 (2): 377-87. With Sam Whitt.
"Social Learning in Coordination Games: Does Status Matter?" (2007) Experimental Economics 10 (3): 317-29. With Catherine C. Eckel.
"The Dictator Game, Fariness and Ethnicity in Postwar Bosnia." (2007) American Journal of Political Science 51 (3): 655-668 . With Sam Whitt.
"Voting and Agenda Setting in Political Science and Economics." (2007) In Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences, edited by Murray Webster and Jane Sell. San Diego, CA: Elsevier, pp. 433-457.
"Brain Activity in the Play of Dominant Strategy and Mixed Strategy Games." (2006) Political Psychology. 27(3): 459-478. With Randolph Stevenson, and Geoffrey Potts.
"Judging a Book by Its Cover: Beauty and Expectations in the Trust Game." (2006) Political Research Quarterly 59(2): 189-202. With Catherine C. Eckel.
"Internet Cautions." (2006) Experimental Economics 9(1): 53-66. With Catherine C. Eckel.
"Confusion or Fairness in the Field? Rejections in the Ultimatum Game under the Strategy Method." (2006) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 60(1): 37-54. With Donna Bahry.
"Ethnicity and Trust: Evidence from Russia." (2005) American Political Science Review 99(4): 521-32. With Donna P. Bahry, Mikhail Kosolapov and Polina Kozyreva.
“Classroom Experiments: Candidate Convergence.” (2005) Southern Economic Journal. 71: 913-922.
"Conflict, Power and Status in Groups." (2005) In Theories of Small Groups: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Marshall Scott Poole and Andrea B. Hollingshead. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 139-184. With Sell, Jane; Michael J. Lovaglia; Elizabeth A. Mannix, and Charles D. Samuelson.
“Is Trust a Risky Decision?” (2004). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 55(4): 447-466. With Catherine C. Eckel.
“Investigating Conflict, Power and Status Within and Among Groups.” Small Group Research. (February 2004), 35(1): 44-72. Sell, Jane; Michael J. Lovaglia; Elizabeth A. Mannix, and Charles D. Samuelson.
"The Human Face of Game Theory: Trust and Reciprocity in Sequential Games." (2003). In Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Conceptual and Empirical Lessons. Elinor Ostrom and James M. Walker (eds.). Sage Foundation. With Catherine Eckel.
"Why Congress?: What the Failure of the Continental and the Survival of the Federal Congress Tell Us about the New Institutionalism." (2002). In New Directions in Studying the History of the U.S. Congress. David Brady and Mathew McCubbins (eds.) Stanford University Press, pp. 291-313. With John Aldrich and Cal Jillson.
"Madison at the First Congress: Institutional Design and Lessons from the Continental Congress, 1780-1783." (2003) In James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government. Samuel Kernell (Ed.). Stanford: Stanford University Press, Press, pp. 243-263.
"Fairness and Rejection in the Ultimatum Bargaining Game." Political Analysis (Autumn 2002), 10(4): 376-393. With Catherine C. Eckel and Martin Johnson.
"The Value of a Smile: Game Theory with a Human Face." Journal of Economic Psychology (2001), 22: 617-640. With Jorn P.Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel and Alex Kacelnik.
"Transitional Governance in the United States: Lessons from the First Federal Congress." Legislative Studies Quarterly (November 1999), 24 (4): 543-568.
"The Maintenance of Cooperation: Expectations of Future Interaction and the Trigger of Group Punishment" Social Forces, 77(4): 1551-1570. With Jane Sell.
"Leadership and Credibility in N-person Coordination Games." Journal of Conflict Resolution (December 1997). With Carl M. Rhodes.
"'Liar, Liar ...' Cheap Talk and Reputation in Repeated Public Goods Settings." Journal of Conflict Resolution (October 1997), 41: 695-717. With Jane Sell.
"Cosponsorship in the United States Congress." Legislative Studies Quarterly (February 1997), 22:25-43. With Cheryl D. Young.
"Overdraft: The Political Cost of Congressional Malfeasance." Journal of Politics, (August 1994) 56: 788-801. With John Alford, Holly Teeters, and Dan Ward.
"The Role of Congressional Parties." Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System. Joel Silbey, ed. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Publishers. With Joseph Cooper.
"Are Women More Cooperative than Men in Social Dilemmas? Evidence from Two Experiments." Social Psychology Quarterly, (September 1993) V. 56: 211-222. With Jane Sell and W. I. Griffith.
"Good Times, Bad Times, and the Diversionary Use of Force." Journal of Conflict Resolution, (September 1993) 37: 504-535. With Diana Richards, Cliff Morgan, Val Schwebach, and Garry Young.
"Advice and Consent: Unitary Actors, Advisory Models and Experimental Tests." Journal of Conflict Resolution, (December 1992) V. 36:603-633. With Patrick Haney and Roberta Herzberg.
"The Effects of Signalling on the Provision of Public Goods." Social Forces, (September 1991) V. 70: 107-124. With Jane Sell.
"Costly Agendas and Spatial Voting Games: Theory and Experiments on Agenda Access Costs." In Experimentation in Political Science. Thomas Palfrey, ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1991: 169-199. With Roberta Q. Herzberg.
"Leadership and Coordination in Legislatures: The 'President' of the First American Congress: 1774-1789." Congress and the Presidency (Autumn 1990) V. 17: 2, pp. 85-107. With Calvin Jillson
"Partisan Voting Patterns in the U.S. Senate, 1877-1986." Legislative Studies Quarterly, (May 1989) 14: 225-250. With Patricia Hurley. Reprinted in The Changing World of the U.S. Senate, John Hibbing and John Peters (eds.). Berkeley, CA.: Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 1990. Reprinted in Silbey et. al., The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989 (New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991).
"Leadership Patterns in the Continental and Confederated Congresses: 1774-1788." Legislative Studies Quarterly, (February 1989) 14: 5-37. With Calvin Jillson. Reprinted in Silbey et. al., The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989 (New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991).
"Of Machines and Men: A Cautionary Note on the Use of Robots in Decision Making Experiments." Simulation and Games, (June 1988) 19: 157-172. With Roberta Q. Herzberg.
"Results on Sophisticated Voting in an Experimental Setting." Journal of Politics, (May 1988) 50: 471-86. With Roberta Q. Herzberg.
"Negative Decision Powers and Institutional Equilibrium: Theory and Experiments on Blocking Coalitions." Western Political Quarterly , (December 1987) 40: 593-609. With Roberta Q. Herzberg.
"Evidence of Sophisticated Voting in a Committee Setting: Theory and Experiments." Quality and Quantity, (March 1987) 21: 255-73. With Anne Pearson.
"Strategic Campaigning and Voter Shifts: A Panel Analysis of Houston's 1985 Mayoral Race." Social Science Quarterly, (March 1987) 68: 34-50. With Patricia A. Hurley.
"A Social Choice Model of Factional Conflict in the Continental Congresses." Legislative Studies Quarterly, (February 1987) 12: 5-32. With Calvin Jillson. Reprinted in Silbey et. al., The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989 (New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991).
"An Empirical Test of Preferences for the Political Pork Barrel: District Level Appropriations for River and Harbor Legislation, 1889-1913." American Journal of Political Science, (November 1986) 30: 729-54.
"Results on the Condorcet Winner: A Committee Experiment on Time Constraints." Simulation and Games, (June 1986) 17: 217-43.
"Forward and Backward Agenda Procedures: Committee Experiments on Structurally-Induced Equilibrium." Journal of Politics, (May 1986) 48: 390-409.
"What Was It Worth to be on a Committee in the U.S. House, 1889-1913?" Legislative Studies Quarterly, (February 1986), 11: 47-63. Reprinted in Silbey et. al., The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989 (New York: Carlson Publishing, Inc., 1991).
"Constraints on Social Dilemmas: An Institutional Approach." Annals of Operations Research, (1985) 2: 183-200.
"Citizen Coproduction as a Mode of Participation: Conjectures and Models." Journal of Urban Affairs, (Fall 1981) 3: 37-49.
"Consumers as Coproducers of Public Services: Some Economic and Institutional Considerations." Policy Studies Journal, (Summer 1981) 9: 1001-11. With Roger Parks, et. al.


Sundry Administrative Tasks


Selected Presentations at Professional Meetings (Recent)