Heather A. Larsen-Price (Ph.D., University of Washington 2006) joined the department
Her broad research interests include American political institutions, public policy
processes, as well as decision making and information processing. Her area of specialization
is presidency studies.
More specifically, her primary research agenda explores how presidents distribute
their limited resource of policy attention, how presidents make use of the policy
instruments at their disposal, how the executive branch processes information, and
the relationship between presidential policy priorities and public opinion.
Her additional, current research projects include a study that examines how congressional
and presidential activities stimulate interest group mobilization, a comparative investigation
of executive-led policy agendas in the USA and UK, as well as a project that explores
the extent to which the priorities of the American public match congressional and
presidential activities across nine different policymaking channels. Her research
has been published in American Political Science Review.
Professor Larsen-Price teaches courses in American government, public policy, and