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Nathan W. Monroe

Assistant Professor Nathan Monroe

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

T: (209) 228-4598
E: nmonroe2 [at] ucmerced [dot] edu
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Research Interests

  • American politics
  • Political institutions
  • Legislative politics
  • Positive political theory

Monroe studies American politics with a focus on legislatures, especially the U.S. Congress. A main focus of his current research reconsiders the conventional non-partisan view of the U.S. Senate. He is co-editor of Why Not Parties? Party Effects in the United States Senate (2008, University of Chicago Press), and co-author of Agenda Setting in the U.S. Senate: Costly Consideration and Majority Party Advantage (2011, Cambridge University Press).  The latter develops a "costly-consideration theory" of legislative agenda setting designed to explain majority party advantage in the Senate, examines the roots of this advantage in Senate procedure, and tests the theory on data from the contemporary legislative process.  

His research has also been published in the American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsLegislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Merced, Monroe held faculty positions at the University of the Pacific, and at Michigan State University.

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2004, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Political Science, 2000, University of California, Santa Barbara