Political Science Doctoral Student Selected as APSA Congressional Fellow | Department of Political Science | Kent State University

Political Science Doctoral Student Selected as APSA Congressional Fellow

THE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES AN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

The Political Science Department congratulates Lisa Hager, whose research focuses on American political institutions, on her recent selection as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow. The Congressional Fellowship program gives individuals with superior training an opportunity to learn about the legislative process through direct participation. "The APSA congressional fellowship is very competitive and prestigious. Only the best, and those with the most to offer, get selected," said Christopher Banks, Ph.D., professor of political science and Hager's dissertation advisor. "She will serve the Congress well."

THE OLDEST MOST PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP OF ITS KIND IN THE NATION

The American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Congressional Fellowship Program provides political scientists, journalists, doctors, federal executives, and international scholars the opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of Congress and the legislative process. The fellowship begins with fellows attending an orientation program and interviewing and securing a position in a congressional office or committee staff of interest to them. Additionally, fellows participate in the Wilson Seminar Series featuring speakers on Congress and U.S. politics, a U.S.-Canada exchange program that includes hosting interns from the Canadian Parliament in Washington, D.C., and then a week-long trip to Ottawa, a visit to the Maryland state house, and a trip to the member’s district office. Overall, the program seeks to enrich the scholarship, teaching, and reporting of legislative and national politics and improve the public’s understanding of Congress and the policymaking process.

THE FELLOW'S WORKS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Lisa Hager is ABD in the Department of Political Science at Kent State University. She received her Master of Arts in Political Science from Kent State in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Warburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 2009. Hager’s research focuses on American political institutions, particularly legislative and judicial politics and behavior and inter-branch relations. Her dissertation, entitled The Legal, Institutional, and Political Factors of Congressional Court-Curbing: The Purpose and Seriousness of Attempts to Constrain the United States Supreme Court, examines legislative attacks on the Supreme Court and the impact they have on the voting of the individual justices and on judicial decisions. Additional themes in her research include federalism, women and politics, and election law. She has a forthcoming book chapter entitled "The Predisposing, Motivating, and Constraining Factors of Early Voting: Assessing the Impact of Campaign Strategies and Voting Law” in Culture, Rhetoric, and Voting in the 2012 Election (University of Akron). Hager's research has been presented at the annual meetings and conferences for the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), and the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS). She received first place in the 2012 OAEPS Graduate Political Science Paper Competition for “Committee Requests, Assignments, and the Female Representative: Evidence from the 80th-103rd Congresses.”  In addition to her research, Hager has also taught Courts and Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties in the Department of Political Science at Kent State and served as President of the department’s Political Science Graduate Student Association (PSGSA).

Lisa Hager’s Website: https://lisanhager.wordpress.com/

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