American National Institutions

Jeb Barnes (ext. site) J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of Graduate Studies
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Barnes received his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley, a J.D. Law degree from the University of Chicago, Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Berkeley. His research generally focuses on the intersection between law, politics, and public policy and appears in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, including thePolitical Research Quarterly, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Annual Review of Political Science, and Justice Systems Journal.  He has published two books: Overruled? Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations (Stanford 2004) and a co-edited volume, Making Policy, Making Law: An Interbranch Perspective (Georgetown 2004).  He is currently finishing a short book on the recent failure of asbestos litigation reform in Congress, which is entitled Trying to Settle the Dust: Asbestos Litigation Reform and the Politics of Inefficiency in Contemporary American Politics.  His next project (with Thomas F. Burke, another Program alumnus) explores the political implications of relying on litigation versus social insurance programs to address injury compensation issues.  It is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Kevin M. Esterling Ph.D.

Cohort 7 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy
Associate Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA

Dr. Esterling received his PhD from University of Chicago. His research focuses on deliberative democracy in American national politics. His current work identifies the conditions that lead citizens to engage constructively in public discourse. He is the author of The Political Economy of Expertise: Information and Efficiency in American National Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2004). He has published in a number of journals, including The American Political Science Review, Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Rationality and Society, Political Communication, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and by the MacArthur Foundation. Esterling was a postdoctoral research fellow at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Marie E. Hojnacki Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor & Associate Head, Department of Political Science
Director of World Campus Programs
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Dr. Hojnacki received her PhD from Ohio State University in 1994, her Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from University of Rochester in 1985, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Canisius College.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Rogan T. Kersh Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Affairs
Provost
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Kersh received his PhD in Political Science from Yale in 1996.  He returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012.  In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the academic deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law.  He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine.  Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.

Dr. Kersh has published two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published by Oxford University Press. He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he has won four university-wide teaching awards.  Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Susan Moffitt Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science
Brown University, Providence, RI

Dr. Moffat received her PhD and MPP from the University of Michigan. She conducts research on American political institutions and public policy, with particular emphasis on developing the capacity to implement policy in the fields of public education and public health.  Her second book, Making Policy Public: Participatory Bureaucracy in American Democracy, was published by Cambridge University Press in the Fall of 2014.  Her first book, The Ordeal of Equality, coauthored with David K. Cohen, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. Some of her other scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, the American Journal of Education, and numerous edited volumes.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Naomi Murakawa Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Dr. Murakawa received her PhD in Economics from Yale University, her MSc in Social Policy from London School of Economics and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies from Columbia University. Dr. Murakawa studies the reproduction of racial inequality in 20th and 21st century American politics, with specialization in crime policy and the carceral state. She is the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America (Oxford University Press, 2014), and her work has appeared in Law & Society Review, Theoretical Criminology, Du Bois Review, and several edited volumes. She has received a fellowship from Columbia Law School’s Center for the Study of Law and Culture.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Brendan Nyhan Ph.D.

Cohort 16 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Government
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Dr. Nyhan received his PhD in Political Science from Duke University. His research focuses on misperceptions about politics and health care, has been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Medical Care, Pediatrics, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Networks, and Vaccine. He is a contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times (March 2014-) and a co-founder of Bright Line Watch (January 2017-). I previously served as a media critic for Columbia Journalism Review (November 2011-February 2014). He blogs on brendan-nyhan.com and tweet at @BrendanNyhan. He's called "one of the most thought-provoking writers about politics on the web", "[o]ne of the smartest sources on 2016, the media, and electoral trends", one of "a new breed of conscientious political science bloggers" who are "creating reputational hazards to seat-of-the-pants punditry," and a "political science shaolin warrior". From 2001-2004, Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer, and he edited Spinsanity, a non-partisan watchdog of political spin that was syndicated in Salon (2002) and the Philadelphia Inquirer (2004). In 2004, we published All the President's Spin, a New York Times bestseller that Amazon.com named one of the ten best political books of the year. Previously, he was a marketing and fundraising consultant for Benetech, a Silicon Valley technology nonprofit, and Deputy Communications Director of the Bernstein for US Senate campaign in Nevada. His peer-reviewed publications forthcoming and/or are:

Fighting the Past: Perceptions of Control, Historical Misperceptions, and Corrective Information in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Forthcoming, Political Psychology. Redefine Statistical Significance. Forthcoming, Nature Human Behavior. (with 71 co-authors), The Effects of Congressional Staff Networks in the U.S. House of Representatives (pre-publication version). 2017. Journal of Politics 79(3): 745-761. (with Jacob Montgomery) -Replication data and code (R/Matlab/Stata), Differential Registration Bias in Voter File Data: A Sensitivity Analysis Approach (pre-publication version). 2017. American Journal of Political Science 61(3): 744-760 (with Chris Skovron and Rocío Titiunik), -Replication data and code (R), Media Scandals Are Political Events: How contextual factors affect public controversies over alleged misconduct by U.S. governors (pre-publication version). 2017. Political Research Quarterly 70(1): 223-236, -Online appendix -Replication data and code (Stata),  The Nature and Origins of Misperceptions: Understanding False and Unsupported Beliefs about Politics (pre-publication version). 2017. Advances in Political Psychology 38(S1): 127-150. (with D.J. Flynn and Jason Reifler).

Discipline: Political Science
		

Robert P. Saldin Ph.D.

Cohort 17 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Montana , Missoula, MT

Dr. Saldin holds a PhD in political science from the University of Virginia.  He is the author of War, the American State, and Politics since 1898 (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and his scholarly articles have appeared in venues such as The Journal of Politics, Journal of Policy History, and Political Research Quarterly.  As a Scholar, he studied long-term care’s policy history.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Adam D. Sheingate Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Scheingate received both his PhD and MA in Political Science from Yale University. His research interest is American Politics. His most recent book is Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy. He is also a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism and the author of the Rise of the Agricultural Welfare State: Institutions and Interest Group Power in the United States, France, and Japan as well as journal articles and book chapters on American political development, historical institutionalism, and comparative public policy.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Charles R. Shipan Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Michigan Alumni List
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Professor of Social Science, Department of Political Science
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Shipan received his PhD and MA in Political Science from Stanford University and his BA in Chemistry from Carleton College.  Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Dr. Shipan served on the faculty at the University of Iowa and held positions as a research fellow at The Brookings Institution and a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College in Dublin.  His most recent book, Deliberate Discretion? The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (co-authored with John D. Huber), received the Richard F. Fenno Prize, the William Riker Award, and the Gregory Luebbert Award from the American Political Science Association.  Dr. Shipan is also the author of Designing Judicial Review: Interest Groups, Congress, and Communications Policy and has written numerous articles and book chapters on political institutions and public policy.  He is currently engaged in a large-scale study of the diffusion of antismoking laws in U.S. states and cities and an examination of why some public policies have longer lives than others.

Discipline: Political Science