Mathew McCubbins, Ruth F. De Varney professor of political science and professor of law, died July 1 at the age of 64. He is remembered as a game-changer in the field of political science, a deeply engaged scholar and a dedicated mentor.
Throughout his career, McCubbins’ work focused on legislative majorities and how they control power in lawmaking bodies.
“He was a giant in the field of political institutions and Congress and legislators,” said Pablo Beramendi, professor of political science.
Prior to teaching at Duke, McCubbins served as the provost professor of business, law and political economy at the University of Southern California and director of the USC-Cal Tech Center for the Study of Law and Politics at the Gould School of Law at USC.
He was an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008, he won