Legislative Politics

Grant D. Reeher Ph.D.

Cohort 2 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Campbell Public Affairs Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Dr. Reeher received his PhD from Yale University. He is also creator, host, and producer of “The Campbell Conversations,” an award-winning weekly regional NPR public affairs show featuring extended in-depth interviews with regional and national writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals. Grant’s research and teaching interests are primarily in American politics and political theory, with an emphasis on legislative politics, democratic representation, active citizenship, and health care policy and politics. Among other books, he is the author of First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service (2006), Narratives of Justice: Legislators’ Beliefs about Distributive Fairness (1996), co-author of Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action (2002), and co-editor of The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work (2008, 2nd ed. 2012). In 2008, he co-founded CNYSpeaks, a deliberative public engagement initiative dedicated to providing residents of the Central New York region with opportunities to have a meaningful and constructive voice about issues affecting their lives. Also in that year Syracuse University awarded him the Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence.

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
		

Boris Shor Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Houston, Houston, TX

Dr. Shor holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University is an assistant professor in the Department of  Political Science at the University of Houston. His research focuses on ideology and political parties in American legislatures. One project focused on how well state legislatures and congressional delegations represent the ideological preferences of citizens at the micro and macro levels. He also studied the roots of political polarization at the state level, as well as its policy consequences. He is interested in explaining the voting behavior of individual state legislators in health policy, and collectively, the vastly different choice states make.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Craig M. Volden Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Policy and Politics
Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Dr. Volden received both his PhD (Economics) and BA (Political Science) from Stanford University. His current projects include studies of innovation and policy diffusion across states and localities, and an analysis of the legislative effectiveness of individual members of Congress. He is Co-director of the Legislative Effectiveness Project (thelawmakers.org). Before joining the Batten School, Professor Volden taught at the Ohio State University, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers (winner of the 2015 Fenno Prize and the 2015 Gladys M. Kammerer Award), co-authored with Alan Wiseman, explores the effectiveness of individual members of Congress in overcoming policy gridlock. His most prominent work on issues of federalism focuses on why some policies diffuse across states and localities while others do not. He has published numerous articles in such journals as: American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Politics; Legislative Studies Quarterly; Public Administration Review; Journal of Public Policy; and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Discipline: Political Science
		

John D. Wilkerson Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Center for American Politics and Public Policy
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Wilkerson received his PhD from University of Rochester. His research centers on legislative organization and decision-making, with related interests in health politics and comparative legislative studies. He is particularly interested how information technologies can advance political science research and instruction.

Discipline: Political Science