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Department of Political Science

Nathaniel Birkhead 

Ph.D. Political Science, Indiana University

Nathaniel Birkhead

A native of Colorado, Nathaniel Birkhead got his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado (2006), and his Ph.D from Indiana University (2012).

His research focuses on the representational relationship between constituents and their elected officials, and American institutions - especially Congress and state legislatures.  His forthcoming book Congress in Reverse: Repeals from Reconstruction to the Present, published at University of Chicago Press, shows that while Congress often passes laws in a bipartisan way, its repealing behavior is overwhelmingly partisan. His articles have appeared in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and American Politics Research, among others. His research has also recently been funded by the NSF as part of the Convergence Accelerator program.

He teaches a variety of courses on American politics including: Introduction to U.S. Politics, the American Presidency, the Legislative Process, Political Participation, State and Local Government, and Research Methods.  His research on the use of experiential learning in the classroom has appeared in PS: Political Science and Politics.   

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