Wendy Schiller

Wendy Schiller
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Wendy Schiller is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University (@profwschiller on Twitter). She did her undergraduate work in political science at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and then earned her PhD from the University of Rochester.

After fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University, she came to Brown in 1994. She teaches popular courses including The American Presidency, Introduction to the American Political Process, and Congress and Public Policy at Brown.

Among the books Schiller has authored or co-authored are Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government (Cengage), The Contemporary Congress (Thomson-Wadsworth), and Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations (Princeton University Press). Her most recent book, co-authored with Charles Stewart III, Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment, will be published by Princeton University Press in November 2014. The project grew out of a National Science Foundation grant and focuses on the role of money in determining Senate election outcomes, both in the indirect election periods before the adoption of the 17th Amendment in May 1913, and in the direct election period in the nearly 100 years since then. Schiller has also published in academic journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Politics.

Schiller is a frequent contributor to major national news outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, CNN.com, and Bloomberg News, she provides local political commentary to the Providence Journal, WPRO radio, RIPBS A Lively Experiment, and she is the political analyst for WJAR10, the local NBC affiliate in Providence. She regularly gives speeches on current and historical American politics to local and national organizations.