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The American Governor: Politics, Policy, Power and Leadership

2012-2014 Grants Program

The scholars listed here have been awarded grants by the Center on the American Governor to conduct research about aspects of The American Governor: Politics, Policy, Power and Leadership. The grants program, funded by the Rutgers Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, is designed to attract new attention to a largely unexplored multi-disciplinary academic subject area and to promote the development and dissemination of scholarly research on the role, responsibilities and leadership of the states’ chief executives. The 2013 grantees’ research projects will be completed by December, 2014, and the 2012 grantees’ projects will be completed by December 2013.

2013 Grantees – Projects to be completed in December 2014


The Determinants of Gubernatorial Vetoes: Spatial Models versus High Veto Configurations

Harden2Jeffrey Harden
University of Colorado, Boulder



Birkhead2Nathanial Birkhead
Kansas State University



South by South Asian: Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, and the Remarkable Rise of Two Indian Governors in Dixie

Kirk2Jason Kirk
Elon University



A Stranglehold on Power: Explaining Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa

Larimer2Chris Larimer
University of Northern Iowa



The Governor and Executive Branch Officials: Exploring Coordination, Competency, and Representation

Miller2Susan Miller
University of South Carolina



Governors and the Politics of Scandal

Nyhan2Brendan Nyhan
Dartmouth College



Economic Policy Outcomes and Gubernatorial Evaluations: An Experimental Investigation

Peskowitz2Zachary Peskowitz
Ohio State University



Dropp2Kyle Dropp
Dartmouth College



Common Space Ideological Scores for Governors in the 50 States, 1993-2013

Shor2Boris Shor
University of Chicago



2012 Grantees – Projects to be completed in December 2013


American Cicero: Mario Cuomo and the Decline of Liberal Politics in America

AmbarSaladin Ambar
Lehigh University




Governor Claude Kirk, Media, and the Politics of Busing

DelmontMatthew Delmont
Scripps College




Estimating Gubernatorial Common Space Scores in the 50 States

HallMatthew Hall
St. Louis University



WindettJason Windett
St. Louis University



Judicial Decision-Making on Executive Power Challenges in the U.S. States, 1980-2010

JohnsonGbemende Johnson
Hamilton College



Gubernatorial Veto Powers and Legislative Coalitions

McGrathRobert McGrath
George Mason University



RogowskiJon Rogowski
Washington University in Saint Louis



RyanJosh Ryan
Bradley University



Unilateral Orders at the State Level

RottinghausBrandon Rottinghaus
University of Houston



Woodrow Wilson and the Pragmatist Tradition in American Politics

ThrontveitTrygve Throntveit
Harvard University



Examining the Role of Governors on Immigration Legislation and Policies

WallaceSophia Wallace
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey