Dr. Gibson studies American political institutions, with a focus on the presidency, bureaucracy, and Congress. He received his Ph.D. and M.A in Politics from Princeton University and a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Vanderbilt University. Prior to coming to the Reagan Institute, he served as a Postgraduate Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.While at the Institute, Dr. Gibson will be developing a book manuscript based on his dissertation, Presidential Use of Centralization and Politicization, winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2022 George C. Edwards III Award for best dissertation on the presidency. This project examines how presidents use centralization into the Executive Office of the President and politicization of federal agencies through political appointees to manage and influence policymaking in the executive branch. Beyond the book project, he studies how partisan incentives affect representation and policymaking, with research published in Congress & The Presidency, the SSRC volume Can America Govern Itself?, and the SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science & International Relations.
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