Scott H. Ainsworth

Scott H. Ainsworth is a Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Since 2012, Ainsworth has taught Introductory Game Theory in the ICPSR Summer Program at the University of Michigan.

Ainsworth earned his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he focused his studies on interest groups, lobbying, and game theoretic models of politics. He earned his baccalaureate from the University of Rochester, where he was first introduced to social choice theory and game theory by the late William H. Riker. You can read more about Riker here.

Ainsworth's research focuses on rational choice models of politics, policymaking, and the intersection of public institutions (Congress, courts, agencies, etc.) and private interests. Lobbying exemplifies the most common public-private interaction. Browse the Research section and the Studies in Public Institutions and Private Interests page for more details.

Stay Connected


Scott H. Ainsworth | University of Georgia | Department of Political Science | 303 Baldwin Hall | Athens, Georgia 30602
Phone: 706.542.2057 | Fax: 706.542.4421