William Berger

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Zev Berger

Doctoral Student
Political Theory

  • Fields of Study
    • Political Theory
    • Comparative Politics
    • Institutional Design
  • About

    William (Zev) works to inform democratic theory and epistemic democracy by drawing upon empirical results and formal methods in political science. His dissertation asks what role institutions play in creating trust. There is plenty of work already on how institutions condition our expectations by shaping the incentives of others or people’s default levels of trust. Not enough attention has been paid to affective trust though, which is unfortunate given the amount of research it has elicited in the fields of psychology and philosophy. He talks to Christian missionaries who work in the developing world to better understand how they trust those to whom they preach. William was awarded an NSF IGERT Fellowship in 2011.


  • Education
    • University of Chicago, A.B. 2005
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Don Herzog, Jenna Bednar, Arlene Saxonhouse, Elizabeth Anderson