Government and Social Policy

Traci Burch

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2007.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University.
Research Professor, American Bar Foundation.


Trading Democracy for JusticeTraci Burch's latest book, Trading Democracy for Justice: Criminal Convictions and the Decline of Neighborhood Political Participation, has been published by University of Chicago Press (2013).

  • Winner of the APSA Ralph Bunche Book Award, 2014.

  • Winner of the APSA Urban Politics Best Book Award, 2014.

  • Winner of the APSA Law and Courts Section C.Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book in the Field of Law and Courts, 2014.

Creating a New Racial Order

Jennifer L. Hochschild, Vesla M. Weaver (Ph.D. '07), and Traci R. Burch's book, Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America, has been published by Princeton University Press (2012).

Dissertation awards:

  • Winner of the American Political Science Association's E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American Politics (2009).

  • Winner of the the American Political Science Association's William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in field of state and local politics, federalism, or intergovernmental relations (2008).

  • Winner of the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics Section award for best dissertation in urban politics (2008) for her dissertation, “Punishment and Participation: How Criminal Convictions Threaten American Democracy.” 

  • Winner  2007 Harvard University Robert Noxon Toppan prize, awarded for the best essay or dissertation upon a subject of political science.

Charlotte Cavaille

Charlotte Cavaillé

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2014.
Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Katherine Levine Einstein

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2012.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University.


Do Facts Matter?Katherine Levine Einstein's first book, Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in Democratic Politics 
(co-authored with Jennifer Hochschild), explores the harmful effects of misinformation on democratic politics. It will be published as part of the The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series by the University of Oklahoma Press in February 2015.

Her current book project, Divided Regions: Racial Inequality, Political Segregation, and the Splintering of Metropolitan America, examines how America’s stark racial segregation creates politically divided metropolitan jurisdictions and consequent sharp metropolitan cleavages across a number of important policies.

Michael Javen Fortner

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2010.
Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Urban Studies, The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York.


Michael Javen Fortner is the author of Black Silent Majority: Urban Politics and the Rockefeller Drug Laws (Harvard University Press, 2015).

He is also co-editor with Amy Bridges of Urban Citizenship and American Democracy: The Historical and Institutional Roots of Local Politics and Policy (SUNY Press, 2016).

Bernard L. Fraga

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2013.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University.

Jason Lakin

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2008.
Country Manager, Kenya, International Budget Partnership.

Ryan T Moore

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2008.
Assistant Professor of Government, American University.

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley (2010-2012).

Brenna Marea Powell

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2011.
Associate Director, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, Stanford Law School.
Principal and Chairman, The IPRE Group.
Daniel Schlozman

Daniel Schlozman

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2011.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University.


Daniel Schlozman's first book, When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History, has been published by Princeton University Press (August 2015).

Winner of the 2016 Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association.

Francis X. Shen

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2008.
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2006.
McKnight Land-Grant Professor and Associate Professor of Law, University of Minnesota.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, 2009-2011.
Visiting Scholar, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, Jan-May 2015.

Francis X. Shen directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab at the University of Minnesota: "Our motto is: Every story is a brain story, and we focus our attention on the ways in which law and public policy can be improved through integration of brain science." He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach activities for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

The Casualty GapFrancis X. Shen is co-author (with Douglas L. Kriner) of The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities, Oxford University Press, 2010.