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Bruce I. Oppenheimer

Professor of Public Policy and Education

Oppenheimer's research primarily focuses on Congress and American political institutions. His primary current interest examines how process changes have affected the ability of Congress to develop energy policy over the past half century. He is co-editor (with Lawrence Dodd) of Congress Reconsidered, the 9th edition of which was published by CQ Press in 2009. Oppenheimer's book, Sizing Up the Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation, co-authored with Frances Lee, won the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress. In addition, he has recently worked on projects examining why African-American House members rarely run for the U.S. Senate (with Gbemende Johnson and Jennifer Selin) and analyzing the effect of Iraq War deaths on congressional elections (with Christian Grose). He has been both an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and a Brookings Institution Fellow and Guest Scholar.

Representative publications

  • Oppenheimer, Bruce I. "Domestic Policy: The Politics of Energy" in From Delay to Dysfunction? The U.S. Senate, 1960-2010. Ed. Burdett A. Loomis. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, (forthcoming).
  • Oppenheimer, Bruce I., and Marc J. Hetherington. 2008. "Catch-22: Cloture, Energy Policy, and the Limits of Conditional Party Government," in Why Not Parties: Party Effects In the United States Senate. Eds. Nathan Monroe, Jason Roberts, and David Rohde. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (2008): 198-228.
  • Oppenheimer, Bruce I., and Christian Grose. 2007. "The Iraq War, Partisanship, and Candidate Attributes: Variation in Partisan Swing in the 2006 House Elections," Legislative Studies Quarterly 32(2007): 531-58.
  • Oppenheimer, Bruce I., Gbemende Johnson, and Jennifer Selin. "The House as a Stepping Stone to the Senate: Why Do So Few African-American House Members Run?" paper presented at conference on Legislative Elections, Process, and Policy: The Influence of Bicameralism, Vanderbilt University 2009.
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