Florida State University

Political Science

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Kai Ou

Assistant Professor

Specialization: Voting and Elections, Experimental Methods, Formal Political Economy

Areas of Interest: American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Methodology

Bellamy 550 (Tuesday - Friday, by appointment)




Curriculum Vitae


Kai Ou is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. Ou studies behavioral choice patterns using theoretical and experimental tools. Ou’s research covers institutional effects on economic and political behavior, voting and elections, religion, and competition and coordination between social and ethnic groups. Before joining Florida State University, he received a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University. Ou teaches game theory, quantitative research and methods, formal political economy, and applied statistics and causal inference for undergraduate and graduate students.

Selected Publications

Ou, Kai, and Xiaofei Pan. “The effect of task choice and task assignment on the gender earnings gap: An experimental study.” European Economic Review 136 (2021): 103753.

Morton, Rebecca B., and Kai Ou. “What motivates bandwagon voting behavior: Altruism or a desire to win?.” European Journal of Political Economy 40 (2015): 224-241.