Senior Research Advisor
Jack Nagel is a political scientist who taught at the University of Pennsylvania until his retirement in 2012. At Penn he served as Chair of the Political Science Department and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Jack's interest in electoral reforms began in the 1980s, when he organized and analyzed experiments with approval voting. Following a Fulbright in New Zealand, he wrote extensively on the adoption and implementation of mixed-member proportional elections there. He has also studied effects of plurality elections on three-party competition in Britain and analyzed reform attempts in Britain and Canada. His papers have appeared in numerous publications, including the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He has provided invited testimony on electoral reforms to legislatures or courts in Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Minnesota. In retirement, besides his work with FairVote, Jack has been active in the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters and the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty. He speaks frequently on electoral reforms under the auspices of those groups.