Research in
American Political Institutions and American Political Development



Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).

The Forging of Bureaucratic Autonomy: Reputations, Networks and Policy Innovation in Executive Agencies, 1862-1928 (Princeton University Press, 2001).

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This photo depicts two individuals who play a pretty central role in my book -- Gifford Pinchot (first Chief Forester of the U.S. Forest Service), and Harvey W. Wiley (first Chief of Chemistry, Bureau of Chemistry, U.S. Department of Agriculture).


Introduction to the book (in PDF)


Articles and Papers

"Centralization and the Corporate Metaphor in Executive Departments, 1880-1928," Studies in American Political Development, 12 (1) (Spring 1998): 106-147.

"From Patronage to Policy: The Centralization Campaign in Iowa Post Offices, 1880-1910," Annals of Iowa (Summer 1999).

"State Building through Reputation Building: Coalitions of Esteem and Program Innovation in the National Postal System, 1883-1928," Studies in American Political Development, 14 (2) (Fall 2000), 121-155.

"What is the Marginal Value of Analytic Narratives?" Social Science History 24:4 (Winter 2000) 653-667.

"The Political Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy," Studies in American Political Development, 15 (1) (Spring 2001), 113-122.

"Executive Power in American Institutional Development," with Keith Whittington. Perspectives on Politics 1 (3) (Fall 2003) 495-513.

"The Multiple and Material Legacies of Stephen Skowronek," Social Science History, 27 (3) (Fall 2003): 465-474.

"Policy Tragedy and the Emergence of Regulation: The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938," with Gisela Sin, Studies in American Political Development, 21 (Fall 2007): 149-180.

"Regulation," in Michael Kazin, ed., The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).

"Merit Reform, Networks, and the Transformation of Bureaucratic Recruitment: The Case of the USDA, 1880-1920."

"Lesson, Portraiture, Method and Myth: Richard Bensel's The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900." [Also available at University of Virginia's American Political Development website.]