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Contact Information:

Scott Hall 312A

601 University Place

Evanston, IL 60208

(847) 467-1147

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research.  My primary areas of research and teaching include the United States Congress, public opinion, congressional elections, political parties, and public policy. My recent research explores the relationship between institutional arrangements, representation and policy formation in the context of increasing and intensifying partisan polarization. This includes a book on bipartisan agreement and how the structure of the roll call agenda has changed over time, affecting both issue attention and legislative responsiveness. Other research projects focus on the politics of the federal budget and on public preferences for bipartisan cooperation. My current research examines gridlock in legislative politics, including how legislators' perceptions of voters affect their support for compromise.

I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2009 and was a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution during the 2013-2014 academic year.


I currently serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. All DUS communications should be sent to: