Editorial Board


Gisela Sin - professor of political science Gisela Sin is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Fulbright scholar who received her PhD in political science from the University of Michigan, she studies political institutions, emphasizing the strategic elements of separation of powers. She is the author of Separation of Powers and Legislative Organization: the President, the Senate, and Political Parties in the Making of House Rules, published by Cambridge University Press and winner of the Alan Rosenthal Prize from the Legislative Studies Section.  She is co-author of a book on Argentinean institutions, Congreso, Presidencia, y Justicia en Argentina. She has published numerous articles on American and Comparative politics and is currently examining the strategic use of vetoes in the US States and Latin America. She is the co-chair of the Legislative Studies Group at the Latin America Political Science Association.
Harbridge-168x210 Laurel Harbridge Yong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and a Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Policy Research, both at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on partisan conflict and the lack of bipartisan agreement in American politics.  Her 2015 book Is Bipartisanship Dead? Policy Agreement and Agenda-Setting in the House of Representatives explores how congressional parties prioritize partisan conflict over bipartisan agreement, how this approach to legislating affects the responsiveness of members to their constituents and policy formation. She earned her PhD at Stanford University in 2009 and her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research, among others. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS), the Dirksen Congressional Center, and the Social Science Research Council.

Editorial Board

bailer Stefanie Bailer is professor for political science at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Her research interest encompass decision making at the European and international level, in particular party group discipline and parliamentary careers in Western European parliaments and negotiations in the European Union. She is currently conducting research projects on parliamentary careers in Germany and Switzerland, on political youth organisations in Germany and member states’ negotiation positions during the Eurocrisis. She has published in International Political Science Review, Political Studies, Review of International Organizations, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, West European Politics, Journal of Legislative Studiesand the Journal of European Public Policy.
Jennifer-Clark_5268tu Jennifer Hayes Clark is the Pauline Yelderman Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor of Political Science.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and Statistical Methods from Indiana University and her B.A. in Political Science and Mathematics from the University of Mississippi.  Her areas of specialization include American legislative institutions, state politics, and public policy.  During 2008-2009, she served as an APSA Congressional Fellow.  She received the Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Houston in 2014.  Her book, Minority Parties in U.S. Legislatures: Conditions of Influence, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015.  Her research has also appeared in such journals as The American Political Science Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
Michael H. Crespin is the Associate Director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2005 and worked in the office of U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski as an APSA Congressional Fellow from 2005-06. He joined the University of Oklahoma in 2014 after serving on faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Georgia. Crespin’s research focuses on legislative politics, congressional elections, and political geography and has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of PoliticsLegislative Studies QuarterlyPolitical Analysis, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Crespin also maintains the PIPC Roll Call Votes Database. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile
VP Public Affairs Mark P. Jones is the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s Political Science Fellow and a Professor of Political Science at Rice University. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting. He has received substantial financial support for this research, including grants from the Moody Foundation and the National Science Foundation. His work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies and the Journal of Politics, as well as in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Penn State University Press, among others. He is a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets, and his research on the Texas Legislature has been widely cited in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns. He also regularly advises U.S. government institutions on economic and political affairs in Argentina and has conducted research on public policy issues in Latin America and Texas for numerous international, national and local organizations.


kanthak Kristin Kanthak is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. A former staff with U.S. House Ways and Means committee chair Dan Rostenkowski’s personal office, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona. Her research centers on questions of political representation, legislatures, parties, and elections in the United States. Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and other publications. She is co-editor (with Chris W. Bonneau) of State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Her book (co-authored with George A. Krause) The Diversity Paradox: Political Parties, Legislatures, and the Organizational Foundations of Representation in America,  was published by Oxford University Press and received the Legislative Studies Section’s Alan Rosenthal Prize in 2013.
Chris Mooney - professor & director, Institute of Government and Public Affairs Christopher Z. Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics at the University of Illinois. He received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mooney studies comparative U.S. state politics, with special focus on state legislatures. From 2001 to 2007, he was the founding editor of State Politics and Policy Quarterly. In 2010, the State Politics and Policy organized section of the American Political Science Association endowed the Christopher Z. Mooney Prize, awarded annually for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field. In 2012, he received that same APSA section’s Career Achievement Award. Mooney directed the Institute for Legislative Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield from 1999 to 2004, and he has also taught at West Virginia University, the University of Essex, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
mershon Carol Mershon is a Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her research focuses on political institutions, legislative politics, multiparty government, intraparty competition, the dynamics of party systems, and diversity in academe. Mershon’s articles have appeared in such journals as American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Politics & Gender. She is the author of The Costs of Coalition (Stanford 2002) and co-editor of Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). Her most recent book is Party System Change in Legislatures Worldwide, with Olga Shvetsova (Cambridge 2013). The recipient of three NSF awards, Mershon has also held three Fulbright grants, a Social Science Research Council Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin. Mershon serves on the International Scientific Board, Italian Review of Political Science, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Politics. For more information, see her website and Google scholar profile.


minta_small Michael D. Minta is an associate professor in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. he received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is one of the country’s leading experts in the study of political representation of African American, Latino, and women interests in the United States. His book Oversight: Representing Black and Latino Interests in Congress is a valuable guide that scholars, political leaders, and the legal community consult when assessing whether diversity in legislatures improves responsiveness to minority interests. Dr. Minta regularly teaches popular courses in U.S. government pertaining to African American politics, congressional politics, and the interest group advocacy.
wallace Sophia Jordán Wallace is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She specializes in Latino Politics, legislative politics, social movements, and immigration politics and policy. Her work has been published in various journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups & Identities, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, and Political Science Quarterly. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of SPIRE, Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity, which is an annual conference of race, ethnicity, and politics scholars.  She is currently working on a book, United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress, which examines the ways legislators serve the interests of Latinos across a variety of legislative behaviors and the substantive impact of Latino representatives.