PhD, American Politics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Devin Judge-Lord is a political scientist working at the intersection of social movements and technocratic policymaking.
Devin holds a BA in Political Science from Reed College and a Master's in Environmental Science from Yale University.
He will receive his PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2021. Devin's research addresses bureaucratic policymaking, congressional oversight and representation, and environmental policy. His dissertation focuses on how public pressure campaigns affect agency rulemaking, a technocratic policy process where "public participation" is usually limited to sophisticated lobbying but occasionally includes millions of people mobilized by public pressure campaigns. It examines who participates in public pressure campaigns and why, whether these campaigns affect congressional oversight, and whether they affect policy. His work employs a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, with contributions mainly in the field of text analysis. Additionally, Devin has major collaborative projects on congressional behavior, interest-group lobbying, and private environmental governance. His work has been published in Organization & the Environment and Interest Groups & Advocacy. Prior to his academic career, Devin worked in local government and for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
As an Environmental Fellow, Devin will work with Professor Dan Carpenter in the Department of Government to study how interest groups and legal ideas shape environmental policy. This research will leverage data and methods developed in Devin's dissertation to identify the participants and the stakes in agency rulemaking (both for people and ideas) and measure the relative influence of competing coalitions and ideas.
Faculty host: Dan Carpenter, Government