Lobbying and Special Interests
Dr. Barnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California, where he is Director of Graduate Studies. 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.
Dr. Han received her Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 2005, and will be on leave from Wellesley College, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on ways people become motivated to participate in politics, particularly among the underprivileged. Her current research examines the role that political organizations (such as civic associations, parties, and campaigns) play in motivating participation and the dynamics of political mobilization around key policy issues.
Dr. Strach has a Ph.D. in political science from University of Wisconsin at Madison and is currently on leave from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she is an assistant professor in the departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Policy. Her research examines the relationship between social and political institutions in American public policy. Previously, she mapped the role of family in the policy process and the consequences for policy when social practices changed over time. In the Program, she worked on a project that looks at when and why advocacy groups that wish to solve a social problem choose to turn to government (hence making public policy) and when and why they take alternative strategies (fundraising, marketing).