Samuel Baltz

I'm a PhD student studying political science and scientific computing at the University of Michigan, and doing an MS in applied mathematics. I have a Graduate Certificate in complex systems from the University of Michigan, and a BSc in astrophysics from the University of Toronto.

I study the strategic interaction of electors and parties in democratic elections, using computational and analytical applied math models. Currently I'm studying voter strategy as a dynamical system by introducing a time parameter into the static voting game, which connects a game theoretic and social choice question to differential equation and computational modeling methods. I'm also interested in comparative electoral and party systems, particularly how systems define the choices that electors face and how that affects their representation.

In my spare time I'm slowly working on projects in computational stellar astrophysics and recreational mathematics, and am translating some previously untranslated political science books from French into English. I also spend a lot of time writing technical content on Wikipedia, where articles I've created have been viewed nearly 1.5 million times. I'm especially proud of some of my work on applied math articles; for example, I wrote the page on numerical linear algebra. You can find my other contributions through my user page.

Contact

Email: sbaltz@umich.edu

Office: 6556 Haven Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Office hours (winter 2019): Wednesdays 11-1


"I guess one person can make a difference, but most of the time they probably shouldn't" -- renowned social choice theorist Marge Simpson
This page was last modified on 2019 February 11