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Joe B Wyatt Distinguished University Professor. 2018-2019.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Economy, Vanderbilt University. 2017-Present.

Professor, Department of Political Science and Law (by courtesy), Vanderbilt University. 2016-Present.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Law (by courtesy), Vanderbilt University. 2010- Present.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University. 2008-2010.

Visiting Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Fall 2008; Fall 2014.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University. 2002-2008.


2018-Present. Chair, Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

2010-2014. Co-Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University.

2007-2010. Director, SBS Undergraduate Public Policy Minor, The Ohio State University.


Ph.D. Business (Political Economics) Stanford University, 2001.
Dissertation: Essays on Partisan Politics in Electoral and Legislative Arenas. Committee: David Baron, Morris Fiorina, Keith Krehbiel (Advisor)

M.A. in Political Science, Stanford University, 1999.
B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996.
B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Economics & History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996.


American Political Institutions
Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods
Positive Political Economy
Legislative Politics
Bureaucracy and Regulatory Politics


Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers. (with Craig Volden.) 2014. New York: Cambridge University Press.

The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure. 2000. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. (Japanese Edition published in 2002.)


“Legislative Effectiveness in the American States.” (with Peter Bucchianeri and Craig Volden.) American Political Science Review. Conditionally Accepted.

“The Conditional Lawmaking Benefits of Party Faction Membership in Congress.” (with Andrew J. Clarke and Craig Volden.) Political Research Quarterly. Forthcoming.

“The Bipartisan Path to Effective Lawmaking” (with Laurel Harbridge-Yong and Craig Volden.) 2023. Journal of Politics. 85(3): 1048-1063

“Do Constituents Know (or Care) about the Lawmaking Effectiveness of their Representatives?” (with Daniel M. Butler, Adam G. Hughes, and Craig Volden.) 2023. Political Science Research and Methods. 11(2): 419-428

“Chevron, State Farm, and the Impact of Judicial Doctrine on Bureaucratic Policymaking (with John R. Wright.) 2022. Perspectives on Politics. 20(3): 901-915.

“The Primary Path for Turning Legislative Effectiveness into Electoral Success.” (with Danielle Thomsen, Sarah Truel, and Craig Volden.) 2022. Journal of Politics. 84(3): 1714-1726.

“Legislative Bargaining and Partisan Delegation.” (with Thomas Choate and John A. Weymark.) 2020. Journal of Theoretical Politics. 32(2): 289-311.

“Partisanship in Legislative Bargaining.” (with Thomas Choate and John A. Weymark.) 2019. Journal of Theoretical Politics. 31(1): 6-45.

“Women’s Issues and Their Fates in the United States Congress.” (with Craig Volden and Dana E. Wittmer.) 2018. Political Science Research and Methods. 6(4): 679-696.

“Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Senate.” (with Craig Volden.) 2018. Journal of Politics. 80(2): 731-735.

“Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness.” (with Matthew P. Hitt and Craig Volden.) 2017. American Journal of Political Science. 61(3): 575-590.

“Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession.” (with Craig Volden.) 2016. Advances in Strategic Management. 34:87-118

“A Theory of Competitive Partisan Lawmaking.” (with Keith Krehbiel and Adam Meirowitz.) 2015. Political Science Research and Methods. 3(3): 423-448

“Price Effects and the Commerce Clause: The Case of State Wine Shipping Laws.” (with Jerry Ellig.) 2013. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.10 (2): 196-229.

“When are Women More Effective Lawmakers than Men?” (with Craig Volden and Dana Wittmer.) 2013. American Journal of Political Science. 57(2): 326-341.

“Breaking Gridlock: The Determinants of Health Policy Change in Congress.” (with Craig Volden). 2011. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 36 (2): 227-264

“The Politics of Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement by Independent Agents and Cabinet Appointees.” (with Kenneth W. Shotts). 2010. Journal of Politics. 72 (1): 209-226.

“Delegation and Positive-Sum Bureaucracies.” 2009. Journal of Politics. 71 (3): 998-1014.

“Gerrymanders and Theories of Law Making: A Study of Legislative Redistricting in Illinois.” (with Michael C. Herron). Journal of Politics. 2008. 70 (1): 151-167.

“The Legislative Median and Partisan Policy.” with (John R. Wright). 2008. Journal of Theoretical Politics. 20 (1): 5-29.
Erratum: Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2008. 20(4):527-528.

“The Politics of Wine: Trade Barriers, Interest Groups and the Commerce Clause.” (with Jerry Ellig). 2007. Journal of Politics. 69 (3): 859-875.

“Bargaining in Legislatures over Particularistic and Collective Goods.” (with Craig Volden). American Political Science Review. 2007. 101(1): 79-92.
Erratum: American Political Science Review. 2008. 102(3) 385-386.

“A Theory of Partisan Support and Entry Deterrence in Electoral Competition.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2006. 18(2): 123-158.

“Joe Cannon and the Minority Party: Tyranny or Bipartisanship?” (with Keith Krehbiel). Legislative Studies Quarterly. 2005. 30(4): 479-505.

“Investigating the Dynamics of Political Compromise.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2005. 17 (4): 497-514.

“Partisan Strategy and Support in State Legislative Elections: The Case of Illinois.” American Politics Research. 2005. 33 (3): 576-403.

“Contributions and Elections with Network Externalities.” (with Adam Meirowitz). Economics and Politics. 2005. 17 (1): 77-110.

“Tests of Vote-Buyer Theories of Coalition Formation in Legislatures.” Political Research Quarterly. 2004. 57 (3): 441-450.

“Market and Nonmarket Barriers to Internet Wine Sales: The Case of Virginia” (with Jerry Ellig). Business and Politics. 2004. 6 (2): Article 4.

(An earlier version of this paper was titled “How Many Bottles Make a Case Against Prohibition? Online Wine and Virginia’s Direct Shipment Ban”, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics Working Paper # 258)

“Interstate Trade Barriers and Regulatory Competition: The Case of Virginia’s Direct Wine Shipping Ban” (with Jerry Ellig). Journal of Private Enterprise. 2004. 19 (2): 26-42.

“Joseph G. Cannon: Majoritarian from Illinois.” (with Keith Krehbiel). Legislative Studies Quarterly. 2001. 26 (3): 357-89.


“The Surprisingly Effective Lawmaking of Minority-Party Democrats During the Trump Senates.” (with Craig Volden.) In Theriault, Sean (ed.) Disruption? The Senate During the Trump Era. New York: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

“Party, Ideology, and Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Senate.” with Craig Volden. In Dodd, Lawrence C., C. Lawrence Evans, and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Congress Reconsidered, 12th Ed. Washington DC: CQ Press. 2020.

“How Experienced Legislative Staff Contribute to Effective Lawmaking.” with Jesse M. Crosson, Geoffrey M. Lorenz, and Craig Volden. In Drutman, Lee, Kevin Kosar, and Timothy LaPira (eds.) Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and the Prospects for Reform. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2020.

“Filters and Pegs-in-Holes: How Selection Mechanisms and Institutional Positions Shape (Perceptions of) Political Leadership.” in Jenkins, Jeffery A., and Craig Volden (eds.). Leadership in American Politics. Lawrence (KS): University of Kansas Press. 2017.

“Legislative Effectiveness and Problem Solving in the U.S. House of Representatives.” (with Craig Volden.) In Dodd, Lawrence C., and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Congress Reconsidered, 11th Ed. Washington DC: CQ Press. 2016.

“Entrepreneurial Politics, Policy Gridlock, and Legislative Effectiveness.” (with Craig Volden.) in Patashnik, Eric., and Jeffery A. Jenkins (eds.) Congress and Policymaking in the 21st Century. Cambridge University Press. 2016.

“Legislative Effectiveness and Representation.” (with Craig Volden.) in Dodd, Lawrence C., and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Congress Reconsidered, 10th Ed. Washington DC: CQ Press. 2012.

“Formal Approaches to the Study of Congress.” (with Craig Volden.) in Frances Lee and Eric Schickler eds., Oxford Handbook on the American Congress. (New York: Oxford University Press). 2011.

“Taxation and the New Economy.” in Derek C. Jones ed., New Economy Handbook. (San Diego: Elsevier Science Academic Press). 2003.


“The Center for Effective Lawmaking: Offering New Data and Encouraging a Collective Research Agenda.” (with Craig Volden.) 2018. The Legislative Scholar. 3(1): 19-21.

“Legislative Effectiveness and the 2014 Midterm Elections.” (with Craig Volden.) 2014. Virginia Policy Review. 7(2): 12-18.

“Information and Political Institutions.” Journal of Theoretical Politics. 2013. 25 (3): 301-308.

“The Economics of Direct Wine Shipping” (with Jerry Ellig). Journal of Law, Economics and Policy. 2007. 3 (2): 255-274.