Andy Ballard, American University

November 9, 2021  

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video

Professor Andy Ballard joins the series to discuss dealmaking in Congress and the minority capacity concept. Watch more of our Congressional Reform Conversations.

Andy Ballard is an assistant professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University, where he is affiliated with the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and the Center for Data Science. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University, where he was also a part of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program.

Ballard’s research focuses on American politics and he is particularly interested in legislative politics, political parties, text analysis, machine learning, and the interplay between legislators and the public. He address questions that can be tackled by combining cutting-edge methods with sound theoretical perspectives, such as the predictability of legislative behavior, the limits of party power, how and when parties seek to influence their members, and the role of the minority party in Congress.

Beyond this, he has worked on a variety of topics, such as online advertising in Presidential campaigns, the role of academic economists in shaping public opinion on economic policy issues, member responses to primary challenges in Congressional elections, and more.