Professor William Zwicker

William Zwicker

Professor William Zwicker

AB Harvard, PhD MIT
Oliver Smithies Lecturer and Visiting Fellow
Academic subject(s): 
Mathematics

William S. Zwicker is the William D. Williams Professor of Mathematics at Union College, a liberal arts college in upstate New York. His early research was in mathematical logic and combinatorial set theory, especially large cardinals and ideals and filters on P<sub>κ</sub>λ. More recently he has worked on applications of mathematics to the social sciences: voting and social choice, voting power, fair division, and cooperative game theory. He has enjoyed co-authoring papers with mathematicians, political scientists, economists, and undergraduates from Canada, Catalonia, France, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Venezuela, and the US. He is on the editorial board of Mathematical Social Sciences, co-author with Alan D. Taylor of the monograph Simple Games (Princeton, 1999), and author of the introductory chapter on the Theory of Voting in the Handbook of Computational Social Choice (Cambridge, 2016). He is most attracted to fundamental issues in the social sciences that lead to questions of independent combinatorial or geometric interest. For a taste, try his online interactive rubber band voting simulator (with Davide Cervone).