Undergraduate Research Assistants
I’ve conducted much of my research at Bucknell with the help of undergraduate political science students. A few examples:
- Julia Clayton ’24 is assisting me in my current research on media coverage and public opinion of Senate procedure, which makes use of opinion data from the student-supported Bucknell Institute for Public Policy Survey Research Laboratory.
- My current work on congressional party election agendas began with research work by Solomon Wise ’20 on the history of congressional election agendas.
- The research I recently published on changing rules of House legislative procedure started with exhaustive data collection by Meghan Byrd ’16.
- A team of Bucknell students helped me to conduct my earlier research on the effects of the Seventeenth Amendment on representation in the Senate.
One of the very rewarding parts of teaching at Bucknell is working with senior political science majors who choose to research and write senior honors theses. Students I’ve worked with include:
- Emily Brandes ’21, To Believe or Not to Believe: Voters’ Responses to Sexual Assault Allegations in Politics
- Manning Martus ’21, The Relationship Between American Jews and the Second Amendment
- Taylor Bernstein ’19, Who Runs the World: The Impact of the Gender of Clerks on the Legal Profession
- Marjory Zuk ’19, “Let Bartlet Be Bartlet”: The Presidential Politics of Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing
- Katy Thompson ’17, Legislative Productivity and Party Control: A Story of Polarization?
- Emily Cottle ’17, From Congregations to Congress: The Impact of Religion in the 114th Congress
- Chet Otis ’14, The Supreme Court Confirmation Process and its Implications
- Sophie Kleinert ’14, Running in Heels: An Analysis of Advertisements by Female Senate Candidates
- Aravind Mohan ’12, Government Influence and the Failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (co-advised)
- Andrew Clarke ’10, The Blue Dog Coalition: The Impact of a Single-Issue Caucus on the 104th-110th Congresses
- Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari ’09, U.S. Senators: Can They Keep a Promise?
- Marisa Aronson ’06, “Tinkering” With Students’ Rights: Understanding the Limitations Placed Upon Public Schools by the Supreme Court (co-advised)
- Elisabeth Salemme ’06, Swinging the Election: How the News Media Frames Candidates and Influences the Electorate
- Alyson Walker ’04, Questioning the College: An Evaluation of the Electoral College and Reforms
- Denise Rosenhaft ’03, Strategic Choices: Presidential Leadership and the Legislative Branch