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Joshua Kennedy

Dr. Joshua Kennedy
Assistant Professor


Dr. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2014. His principal area of study and teaching is in American politics, with a more particular focus on the presidency and the federal bureaucracy. Kennedy has presented his work at numerous conferences, including the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association and the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. His research has appeared in such outlets as American Politics Research, Research and Politics, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Research and Teaching Interests: the American presidency, presidential power, federal bureaucracy, inter-branch relations, principal-agent dilemmas, Congress, state politics, political institutions

Selected Publications: 

Forthcoming. “The Role of Advisory Committees in Bureaucratic Oversight: The Case of AGAC,” with Banks Miller and Brett Curry. Congress & the Presidency.

2018. “Agency Characteristics and the Use of Executive Orders.” Congress & the Presidency 45(1):89-107.

2018. “The Limits of Presidential Influence: Two Environmental Directives and What They Mean for Executive Power.” Journal of Policy History 30(1):1-24.

2015. “‘Do This! Do That!’ And Nothing Will Happen”: Executive Orders and Bureaucratic Responsiveness.” American Politics Research 43(1):59-82.

Last updated: 1/26/2023