John F. Padgett

Professor in Political Science
Dept. of Political Science
University of Chicago
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60637
773-702-8077 (phone)
773-702-1689 (fax)
jpadgett@midway.uchicago.edu
ex-Research Professor
Santa Fe Institute
1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
505-984-8800 (phone)
505-982-0565 (fax)
padgett@santafe.edu


John F. Padgett (Ph.D., Michigan, 1978) is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Currently he conducts research in the related areas of organizational invention and of state and market co-evolution, mostly in the context of Renaissance Florence but also through agent-based modeling. In the past, Padgett has published in the topics of organization theory, social network analysis, federal budgeting, plea bargaining, and stochastic processes. A short biography of John Padgett is available in The Bulletin of the Santa Fe Institute.

Current Research

For the past twenty years, I have been constructing from primary archival sources a very large relational database about social-network evolution over the two hundred years, 1300-1500, in Renaissance Florence. This unprecedented data set contains information on about 60,000 persons: 10,000+ marriages, 14,000+ loans, 3,000+ business partnerships/firms, 40,000+ tax records, 12,000+ political-office elections, and other matters. Renaissance Florence was the arena for many history-altering organizational and technical inventions, in numerous domains, which Padgett studies primarily through tracing empirically and through modeling the catalytic co-evolution of multiple, cross-cutting social networks over time.


 

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