Paul H. Edelman

Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Law

Paul Edelman holds a joint appointment in Vanderbilt's Department of Mathematics and the law school. A distinguished mathematician whose scholarship in mathematics has focused on combinatorics, Professor Edelman's work pertaining to the law includes articles on judicial decision making, the electoral vote system, public choice and corporations. Before joining Vanderbilt's faculty, Professor Edelman taught at the University of Minnesota, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Social choice, measuring representation, measuring voting power, law and economics, corporations


Representative Publications

  • "The Institutional Dimension of Election Design," 153 Public Choice 287 (2012)
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  • Selectica Resets the Trigger on the Poison Pill: Where Should the Delaware Courts Go Next?” 87 Indiana Law Journal 1087 (2012) (with Randall Thomas)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • “Consensus, Disorder and Ideology on the Supreme Court” 9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 129 (2012) (with David Klein and Stefanie Lindquist)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "The Inverse Banzhaf Problem," 34 Social Choice and Welfare 371 (2010) (with Noga Alon)
  • "Corporate Voting," 62 Vanderbilt Law Review 129 (2009) (with Robert Thompson)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "Mr. Sunstein’s Neighborhood: Won’t You Be Our Co-author?", The Green Bag Almanac and Reader (2009) (with Tracey George)
    Full Text | SSRN
  • "Measuring Deviations from Expected Voting Patterns on Collegial Courts," 5 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 821 (2008) (With D. Klein and S. Lindquist)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "The Most Dangerous Justice Rides into the Sunset," 24 Constitutional Commentary 299 (2007) (with Jim Chen)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "What Are We Comparing in Comparative Negligence?" 85 Washington University Law Review 73 (2007)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN
  • "Getting the Math Right: Why California Has Too Many Seats in the House of Representatives," 59 Vanderbilt Law Review 297 (2006)


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Contact Information

(615) 322-0990 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
Room 269 (office)
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Education

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A. Swarthmore College

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