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Department of Political Science

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336 Commons Center


Ph.D., Business, Stanford University

M.A., Political Science, Stanford University


American Politics
Political Methodology


American Political Institutions; Formal Theory and Quantitative Methods; Positive Political Economy; Legislative Politics; Bureaucracy and Regulatory Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Alan Wiseman

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair
Professor of Law (by courtesy)

Professor Wiseman's research agenda addresses the impact of political institutions on political actors' behavior and strategies, focusing substantively on legislative, electoral, and bureaucratic and regulatory politics in the United States. He is the author of The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure (Brookings Institution Press, 2000), and has published research in journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Theoretical Politics. His current scholarship examines the impact of executive oversight of bureaucratic rulemaking and lawmaking in the United States and other developed democracies, and he is also writing a book on the causes and consequences of legislative effectiveness in the United States Congress, and studying the emergence and consequences of industry self-regulation in different product and service markets. Prior joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University, he served on the faculty of The Ohio State University, where he directed the undergraduate public policy minor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has also been a visiting Associate Professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management; and before entering the academy he served as a visiting economic scholar with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.



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