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Paul H. Edelman

Professor of Mathematics Emeritus
Professor of Law Emeritus

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, Edelman taught at the University of Minnesota, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. He took emeritus status in January 2022.

Research Interests

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

Representative Publications

  • "Will Tenure Voting Give Corporate Managers Lifetime Tenure?" 97 Texas Law Review (2018) (with Wei Jiang and Randall Thomas)
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  • "Political Hypotheses and Mathematical Conclusions" in Future of Economic Design, Springer (Jean-Francois Laslier, Herve Moulin, M. Remzi Sanver and William S. Zwicker, editors) (2019)
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  • "Is Groton the Next Evenwel?" 117 Michigan Law Review Online 63 (2018)
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  • "Evenwel, Voting Power and Dual Districting," 45 Journal of Legal Studies 203 (2016)
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  • "Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism," 87 Southern California Law Review 1359 (2014) (with Randall Thomas and Robert Thompson)
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  • "Voting Power Apportionments," 44 Social Choice and Welfare 911 (2015)
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  • "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)
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  • “Consensus, Disorder and Ideology on the Supreme Court” 9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 129 (2012) (with David Klein and Stefanie Lindquist)
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  • "The Inverse Banzhaf Problem," 34 Social Choice and Welfare 371 (2010) (with Noga Alon)