APSA Papers

I will be in DC for APSA, presenting these papers:

Policymaking in Red and Blue: Asymmetric Partisan Politics and American Governance. with David Hopkins

The Interest Group Top Tier: More Groups, Concentrated Clout. with Lee Drutman and Tim LaPira

Campaigns & Elections course

I will be teaching Campaigns & Elections this fall. Students practice content analysis on media coverage of the governor’s race and follow a House, Senate, and state legislative race. Here is the syllabus.

Series Editor for Politics of American Public Policy

I will be serving as Series Editor for the Routledge book series, “Politics of American Public Policy.” I am now seeking proposals for books on health policy, environmental policy, education policy, social welfare, and tax & budget policy. Each book will cover one major issue area, integrating scholarly lessons with current events. The idea is to guide students to important theories of policymaking and research on American governance while capitalizing on their interests in specific substantive areas. Instead of becoming bogged down in policy details or historical narrative, the books will offer lessons on the key actors, ideas, institutions, and trends driving policymaking. Please contact me if you are able to offer an insightful and integrated approach to policymaking in a particular issue area. 

Wisconsin Public Radio Program on My Book

I discussed Artists of the Possible on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. You can listen to the interview (with call-ins) here: http://www.wpr.org/shows/policy-making-has-little-do-public-interest

New Review and Media

In a new review for the Journal of Politics, Anne Baker says of The Not-So-Special Interests: “From its rigorous theoretical frameworks to its comprehensive and diverse data analysis, this book represents the gold standard to which interest group studies should aspire.”

For my new book, Artists of the Possible, I will be on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio on June 25th and the New Books Network podcast on June 23rd.


MSU has approved my tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

Sunlight Foundation Blogging: Interest Groups in Policy Change

MSU Washington Semester Program

I will be helping with MSU’s Washington Semester Program starting in Spring 2015. I will likely make three trips to DC and teach an online-hybrid course on American national policymaking. There are scholarships available for students interested in interning in DC.

For more information, see below.

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My Washington Post Op-Ed: The Liberal Arc of Policy

My op-ed in the Washington Post. “The arc of the policy universe is long, but it bends toward liberalism… History shows that a do-nothing Congress is a conservative’s best-case scenario.” 

The op-ed was discussed at the Washington Monthly, the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, and on Mark Levin’s radio show and Albert Mohler’s podcast. I also appeared on Real News TV and WILS Capital City Recap to discuss it.

Here is a related MSU press release on my book.

Republicans think in Ideology, Democrats in group benefits

Dave Hopkins and I articulate the fundamental difference between how each party thinks about politics and behaves in government in our Midwest paper. It helps explain why there is no Tea Party equivalent on the Democratic side. Jonathan Chait discussed it in a recent post on Obamacare and Nate Silver highlighted its significance.