Spring 2017 Edition
Chris W. Bonneau is associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh and co-editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly. His research is on judicial selection and state politics and has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and several others. His most recent book (coauthored with Damon Cann), Voters’ Verdicts, was the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Gray Award for the best book published in state politics in the last 3 years.
Jason P. Casellas is an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston. He specializes in American politics, with research and teaching interests in Latino politics, legislative politics, and state and local politics. He is the author of Latino Representation in State Houses and Congress (New York: Cambridge University Press.) He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University, and a United States Studies Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Sydney. His work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Research, Political Research Quarterly, and other peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the Texas Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Advanced Placement U.S. Government Development Committee.
Carolyn Coberly is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia, where she specializes in the politics of dictatorship. Her research focuses on multi-party competition in electoral authoritarian regimes. A former U.S. diplomat and Congressional aide, Ms. Coberly has a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.
Lindsey Cormack is an assistant professor of Political Science and Director of the Diplomacy Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. She earned her Ph.D. in 2014 from New York University specializing in the U.S. Congress and political communication. Her research on congressional communications has been published in Legislative Studies Quarterly and Gender Studies as well as in popular outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Hill. She maintains the only digital database of all official Congress-to-constituent e-newsletters at www.dcinbox.com and https://dcinbox.herokuapp.com/.
Charles J. Finocchiaro is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he was a Fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program. His research focuses on the role of political parties in shaping various aspects of legislative politics as well as the transformation of the U.S. House of Representatives during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work has been recognized with the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association and the CQ Press Award for the best paper on legislative politics presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, and appears in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly. He was formerly on the faculty at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and will be joining the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma later this year.
Christopher Grady is a PhD Student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studies political psychology, intergroup conflict, political institutions, international development, and behavioral incentives, among other things. His current projects examine conflict prevention programs in rural and urban areas of Nigeria, and the effect of foreign aid on violence in Africa. He has collaborated with NGOs Equal Access International and MercyCorps on academic and policy work throughout Africa. His research has been funded by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Evidence in Governance and Politics, and has been recommended for an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. He received his AA from Grand Rapids Community College and his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Brian D. Humes is a program officer in the Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation. He has been at the foundation for over a ecade. Currently, he is a program officer for the Political Science program as well as a member of the RAISE (Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering) management team. He has also served as a program manager or part of the management team for special competitions like HSD (Human and Social Dynamics), IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship), IBSS (Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science), and the European Science Foundation’s HumVIB (CrossNational and Multi-Level Analysis of Human Values, Institutions and Behavior), among others. He has served as both Acting Deputy Division Director and Acting Division Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences at NSF. While at NSF, he has been an adjunct professor at both Georgetown University and George Washington University. He has also served as an instructor at the Essex Summer School in Social Science and Data Analysis. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation, he was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Michigan State University.
Matt Lacombe is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Northwestern University. He specializes in American politics. His research broadly focuses on understanding and explaining political power in the U.S. His current projects examine the development of interest group power over time, as well as the political preferences and behavior of U.S. billionaires.
Frances E. Lee is professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. She is co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. Most recently, she is author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign (University of Chicago Press 2016). Her 2009 book Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (University of Chicago Press 2009) received the LSS’s Richard F. Fenno Award. She is also coauthor of Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (University of Chicago Press 1999) and a textbook, Congress and Its Members (Sage / CQ Press). Her research has appeared in numerous journal outlets, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and others. In 2002-2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.
Frank H. Mackaman directs the work of The Dirksen Congressional Center (Pekin, Illinois), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Previously director of the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum, he holds a PhD and an MA in American history from the University of Missouri and a BA from Drake University. Mackaman’s publications include Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics [coauthored with Ray LaHood, former member of Congress and Secretary of Transportation], Understanding Congressional Leadership: The State of the Art, Gerald R. Ford: Presidential Perspectives from the National Archives, and The Education of a Senator: Everett McKinley Dirksen. He has taught courses on the presidency and Congress at the University of Michigan and Bradley University. He is a past president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and a former mayor and interim city manager for the city of Pekin.
Shane Martin is Reader in Comparative Politics at the University of Essex. He received his PhD from Dublin City University Business School in 2002. His research focuses on how electoral incentives shape representatives’ preferences, the internal structures of legislatures and executive oversight. Recent research by him has appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is co-editor, with Kaare Strøm and Thomas Saalfeld, of the Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies (Oxford University Press 2014) and, with Bjørn Erik Rasch and José Antonio Cheibub, of Parliaments and Government Formation: Unpacking Investiture Rules (Oxford University Press 2015). He currently holds a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
Markie McBrayer is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Houston. Broadly, her research focuses on urban politics and policy, with a special emphasis on how local institutions shape policy outcomes and output. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received her MA in urban planning and policy from Tufts University.
Katti McNally is a Ph.D. candidate in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research focuses on member behavior and the representation of disadvantaged groups in the U.S. Congress. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska.
Carol Mershon is a Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her research focuses on political institutions, legislative politics, multiparty government, intraparty competition, the dynamics of party systems, and diversity in academe. Mershon’s articles have appeared in such journals as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Politics & Gender. She is the author of The Costs of Coalition (Stanford 2002) and co-editor of Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). Her most recent book is Party System Change in Legislatures Worldwide, with Olga Shvetsova (Cambridge 2013). The recipient of three NSF awards, Mershon has also held three Fulbright grants, a Social Science Research Council Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin. Mershon serves on the International Scientific Board, Italian Review of Political Science, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Politics. For more information, see her website and Google scholar profile.
Charla Waeiss is a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on electoral politics and political behavior. Her current research examines the relationship between party transformation, partisanship, and voter behavior. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
Sophia Jordán Wallace is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She specializes in Latino Politics, legislative politics, social movements, and immigration politics and policy. Her work has been published in various journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups & Identities, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of SPIRE, Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, which is an annual conference of race, ethnicity, and politics scholars. She is currently working on a book, United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress, which examines the ways legislators serve the interests of Latinos across a variety of legislative behaviors and the substantive impact of Latino representatives.
Fabio Wasserfallen is since 2014 Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich in 2013 after a yearly fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs. In the academic year 2014/15, he was in residence at Princeton University as one of six selected international earlycareer scholars of the Fung Global Fellows Program. Among others, his research interests include European integration, policy diffusion, federalism, and direct democracy. Currently, Fabio Wasserfallen co-coordinates the Horizon 2020 research project “EMU choices” on economic and fiscal integration in the EU. His research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science and the European Journal of Political Research.
Fall 2016 Edition
Santiago Alles is a PhD candidate in political science at Rice University. He specializes in Latin American politics and institutions. His research focuses on subnational politics, electoral institutions, and electoral reform. He earned a MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and a BA in Political Science at the Catholic University of Argentina. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, América Latina Hoy, and Revista de Ciencia Política.
Stefanie Bailer is professor for political science at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Her research interests encompass decision making at the European and international level, in particular party group discipline and parliamentary careers in Western European parliaments, negotiations in the European Union. She is currently conducting research projects on parliamentary careers in Germany and Switzerland, on political youth organisations in Germany and member states’ position during the Eurocrisis. She has published in International Political Science Review, Political Studies, Review of International Organizations, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, Journal of Legislative Studies and the Journal of European Public Policy. Her insights on interviews and surveys are published in an article on interviews and surveys in the Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies (2014, eds. Shane Martin, Kaare Strøm and Thomas Saalfeld) based on extensive interviews on disciplinary measures in party groups (as published in “To use the whip or not: Whether and when party group leaders use disciplinary measures”, accepted for publication in International Political Science Review).
Ross K. Baker is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of “Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate (1980), “House and Senate” (1989), “Strangers on a Hill” (2007) and “Is Bipartisanship Dead?” (2015). He was twice Scholar-in-Residence in the Office of the Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate (2012 and 2016) and he has served since 2000 as a member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today.
Andrew Ballard is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Duke University, specializing in American institutions and political methodology. His work has been published in the Journal of Politics and PS: Political Science and Politics. His current research focuses on the interplay between elite behavior and Congressional primary elections, and improvements to text analysis methods.
Thomas M. Carsey received his PhD from Indiana University in 1995. He served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois – Chicago and Florida State University before joining the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2006 as the Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Political Science. Since 2011 he has also served as Director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC. His research focuses on representation, campaigns and elections, party polarization, legislative politics, state politics, and quantitative methods. He recently served as president of the Southern Political Science Association and is editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Always active in graduate education, Carsey has served on nearly 70 dissertation committees, chairing more than 20 of them.
Paulina S. Cossette is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Florida, specializing in American institutions and political behavior. Her research interests include the U.S. Congress, political parties and polarization, and campaigns and elections. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Paulina served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and worked as a legislative aide to Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
Michael H. Crespin is the Associate Director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005 and worked in the office of U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski as an APSA Congressional Fellow from 2005-06. He joined the University of Oklahoma in 2014 after serving on faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Georgia. Crespin’s research focuses on legislative politics, congressional elections, and political geography and has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Crespin also maintains the PIPC Roll Call Votes Database. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile
Heather K. Evans is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. Her primary research interests are political engagement, competitive congressional elections, female representation in the discipline, social media (Twitter) and the effect of entertainment media on political attitudes. She is currently writing many articles about the influence of competitive elections on political attitudes, as well as articles regarding how members of Congress use Twitter. Heather K. Evans is the author of Competitive Elections and Democracy in America: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, published in 2014 by Routledge. She has also published a variety of manuscripts in journals including American Politics Research, the Journal of Political Science Education, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Information, Technology, and Politics, and PS: Political Science and Politics.
Larry Evans is the Newton Family Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. A former chair of the Legislative Studies Section and co-editor of the Legislative Studies Quarterly, he is also the author of Leadership in Committee (Michigan 1991, 2001) and coauthor with Walter Oleszek of Congress Under Fire (Houghton Mifflin 1996). Currently, he is completing a book entitled The Whip Systems of Congress, and also is conducting research about the decision making practices of U.S. senators agricultural policy making, and the relative importance of interests and institutions in the construction of legislation.
Mark P. Jones is the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Political Science Fellow and a Professor of Political Science at Rice University. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting. He has received substantial financial support for this research, including grants from the Moody Foundation and the National Science Foundation. His work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies and the Journal of Politics, as well as in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Penn State University Press, among others. He is a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets, and his research on the Texas Legislature has been widely cited in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns. He also regularly advises U.S. government institutions on economic and political affairs in Argentina and has conducted research on public policy issues in Latin America and Texas for numerous international, national and local organizations.
Christopher Z. Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics at the University of Illinois. He received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mooney studies comparative U.S. state politics, with special focus on state legislatures. From 2001 to 2007, he was the founding editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly. In 2010, the State Politics and Policy organized section of the American Political Science Association endowed the Christopher Z. Mooney Prize, awarded annually for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field. In 2012, he received that same APSA section’s Career Achievement Award. Mooney directed the Institute for Legislative Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield from 1999 to 2004, and he has also taught at West Virginia University, the University of Essex, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Ronald M. Peters, Jr. is Regents’ Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He was the founding director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center with which he remains affiliated. He is the author of The American Speakership and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics.
Eric Radezky is an independent scholar and senior staff member to New York State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and his M.A. in political science from Brooklyn College. His research focuses on constituent relations and policy making in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures.
David W. Rohde is the Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science at Duke University and Director of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1971. He has researched various aspects of American national politics, including the Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, and presidential and congressional elections. Rohde has been editor of the American Journal of Political Science (1988-1990), and chair of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association (1991-93). In 2000, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rohde is the author of Parties and Leaders in the Postreform House, and coauthor of a series of books on every national election from 1980 through 2014, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in 2012 and 2014 Elections (CQ Press, 2015). In 2010 he received the Samuel Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association.
Kelly Senters is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on decentralization, governance, and political behavior in Latin America. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Wendy Schiller is Professor of Political Science, International & Public Affairs, and Chair, Department of Political Science at Brown University. She did her undergraduate work in political science at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and then obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. After Fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University, she came to Brown University in 1994. She teaches popular courses titled The American Presidency, Introduction to the American Political Process, and Congress and Public Policy at Brown University. Among books she has authored or co-authored are Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment (Princeton University Press), Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government (Cengage), The Contemporary Congress (Rowman & Littlefield) and Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations (Princeton University Press). She has also published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Politics. She has been a contributor to MSNBC, NPR, CNN.com, and Bloomberg News, she provides local political commentary to the Providence Journal, WPRO radio, RIPBS A Lively Experiment, and she is the political analyst for WJAR10, the local NBC affiliate in Providence.
Carolina Tchintian is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Rice University studying comparative politics and Latin American politics. Her research focuses on electoral systems and the effect of ballot design and voting laws on electoral outcomes. She has a Master’s degree in public policy from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina), and a B.A. in political science from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011 and her dissertation research is currently supported by a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Her work on ballot structures and split ticket voting is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics.
John Wilkerson received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1991. He currently directs the Center for American Policy and Politics at the University of Washington. Readers may also be interested in another teaching resource developed at the Center. Legislative Explorer (legex.org) visualizes the progress of individual bills as they move through the legislative process to provide a more holistic view of the lawmaking activities of Congress.
Jonathan Winburn is an associate professor and the graduate program coordinator in the Department of Political Science and directs the Social Science Research Lab at the University of Mississippi. Winburn specializes in state politics and policy, representation, and redistricting. He graduated with his B.A. from Western Kentucky University before earning his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2005. He is author of two books: The Realities of Redistricting: Following the Rules and Limiting Gerrymandering in State Legislative Redistricting and The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Race and Representation in the Pelican State (with Jas M. Sullivan) and numerous articles on topics ranging from congressional redistricting to state anti-bullying policy.
Spring 2016 Edition
E. Scott Adler is Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Why Congressional Reforms Fail: Reelection and the House Committee System (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which was awarded the Alan Rosenthal Prize from the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association, and Congress and the Politics of Problem Solving (Cambridge University Press, 2012, co-authored with John Wilkerson). He is also co-editor of The Macropolitics of Congress (Princeton University Press, 2006). He has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly, among others. Adler is PI on the Congressional District Data Set, and co-PI of the Congressional Bills Project which has compiled and coded data on all bills introduced in Congress since World War II. In 2006-07, Adler was Visiting Professor at the Center for the Study of American Politics and Department of Political Science, Yale University. He received a BA from the University of Michigan in 1988 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1996.
Joseph Cooper is an Academy Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University (retired). He is the author of The Origins of the Standing Committees in the House of Representatives (1970), Congress and its Committees (1988), and The Previous Question: Its Status as a Precedent for Cloture (1962) as well several edited works, including The House at Work (1981), and Congress and the Decline of Public Trust (1999). His work has appeared in articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Political Science Quarterly, the Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Congress and the Presidency. He has served as Provost at Johns Hopkins, Dean of Social Sciences at Rice University, and staff director of the U.S. House Commission on Administrative Review (Obey Commission). His research now focuses on the balance of power between the President and Congress from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. His latest publication is a chapter on the “Modern Congress” in the 10th edition of L. Dodd and B. Oppenheimer, eds., Congress Reconsidered (December, 2012).
Brian F. Crisp received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is currently a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. his work on electoral systems, legislative politics, interbranch relations, and policy choices has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and elsewhere. His book Democratic Institutional Design: The Powers and Incentives of Venezuelan Politicians and Interest Groups was published by Stanford University Press.
Jillian Evans is a fourth-year PhD student in political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in American politics and institutions. Her research focuses on state politics, political parties, and the rules and laws governing legislative primary elections. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Linda L. Fowler is Professor of Government and Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies at Dartmouth College, Emerita, where she continues to teach and conduct research. After stepping down from her position as director of the Nelson Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences, Fowler received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 to study congressional oversight of defense and foreign policy by the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees. The resulting book, Watchdogs on the Hill: The Decline of Congressional Oversight of U. S. Foreign Relations, was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. Fowler’s previous books include: Political Ambition: Who Decides to Run for Congress (Yale 1989) and Candidates, Congress and the American Democracy (Michigan, 1993). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on American politics and is currently examining the transformation of the House Rules Committee. She has held a variety of positions in the Legislative Studies Section and served as Secretary of APSA in 2014-15.
Gregory Koger is an associate professor of political science at the University of Miami. Koger specializes in legislative politics and political parties. After earning his B.A. at Willamette University, Koger worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House for over two years, where he served as a liaison to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Koger earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2002. Gregory Koger is the author of Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate, published in 2010 by the University of Chicago Press. Filibustering was awarded the 2011 Fenno Prize for the best book on legislative studies. Koger’s research on filibustering and the Senate has led to interviews with the Washington Post, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and testimony before the Senate Rules Committee. Koger has also published research articles on parties, lobbying, and Congress in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Political Research, the British Journal of Political Science, PS: Political Science and Politics, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics.
Thomas König is Professor of Political Science and director of the interdisciplinary center on “The Political Economy of Reforms”. He also directs the EITM Europe summer institute. His research focuses on international and legislative politics from a comparative perspective. He is a specialist in game theory and quantitative methods. Publications include major journals such as Political Analysis, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journals of Theoretical Politics, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Politics, etc. Books include Reforming the European Union: Realizing the Impossible (with Daniel Finke, Sven-Oliver Proksch und George Tsebelis), 2012, Princeton: Princeton University Press and The European Union Decides (with Robert Thomson, Frans N. Stokman, Christopher H. Achen), 2006, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stefani Langehennig is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying American politics and political methodology. Her research focuses on institutions, policy making, and congressional organization. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government at the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters of Science in Political Science at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Gerhard Loewenberg is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The University of Iowa and co-founder with Malcom E. Jewell of the Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Parliament in the German Political System, Comparing Legislatures (with Samuel C. Patterson), and, most recently, On Legislatures: the Puzzle of Representation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service.
Moritz Osnabrügge is a researcher at the Collaborative Research Center “Political Economy of Reforms” and the University of Mannheim. His research interests center on political economy, comparative politics and the application of quantitative methods. Osnabrügge has authored and co-authored articles published in Political Analysis, European Union Politics and Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. Moritz Osnabrügge holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics (University of Mannheim), an M.Sc. in Political Science and Political Economy (London School of Economics and Political Science) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Mannheim). His Ph.D. thesis is titled “Five Essays on the Political Economy of Reforms in Europe”.
Collin Paschall is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also works as the editorial assistant for the Legislative Studies Section Newsletter. His research is focused on issues political representation, particularly on the legislative behavior of members of Congress. Collin also maintains research interests in political behavior.
Lynda Powell is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. Her current research focuses on representation and polarization in the American Legislatures: the 50 state legislatures and Congress. She is studying the effects of institutional features (such as committees and leadership), donors and electoral constituencies on representation, polarization and lawmaking. Her most recent book, The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures: The Effects of Institutions and Politics (University of Michigan Press) won the Fenno Prize, the best book award of the Legislative Studies Section of APSA, and was the inaugural winner of the Gray Prize, the best book award of the State Politics and Policy Section of APSA. Her other publications include three co-authored books: The Financiers of Congressional Elections (Columbia University Press); Term Limits in the State Legislatures (University of Michigan Press); Serious Money: Fundraising and Contributing in Presidential Nomination Campaigns (Cambridge University Press); and a variety of articles in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics and Legislative Studies Quarterly.
William Simoneau is a PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis. He has earned his Master’s degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College-City University of New York. He has recently presented work on Modeling Elections in Ireland at The Political Economy of Social Choices Conference in Oaxaca, Mexico, and The Effect of Electoral Systems on the Influence of Nationalist Parties in Western Europe at the Florida Political Science Association Conference in St. Augustine, Florida. His work on Modeling Elections in Ireland is a forthcoming chapter in The Political Economy of Social Choices. William’s primary research interests are electoral systems, party behavior, and party finance.
Steven S. Smith is the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and the Director of the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University. He is the Director of the American Panel Survey (TAPS), former editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly and former chair of the Legislative Studies Section of the APSA. He is the author of The Senate Syndrome, Parties in Congress, The American Congress, and several other books on American and congressional politics.
Michelle L. Wiegand is Managing Editor of the Legislative Studies Quarterly and Administrative Director of the Comparative Legislative Research Center at The University of Iowa. She was the recipient of the Iowa Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award and has served on the University’s Staff Council. She holds a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. from The University of Iowa.