Research

Alex's research areas include Congress, political negotiation, policy change, American Political Development, and American Political Thought. His work builds on William Riker's concept of heresthetic as an important tool for understanding how politicians attempt to win on a given issue.


His current book project builds a theory for overcoming inactive legislative inertia by conducting in-depth case studies related to race and civil rights in America. The role of strategic voting and dimension manipulation is highlighted in these cases as new voting coalitions are formed. In addition to applying Riker's theory to case studies, process tracing reveals the normative implications of using these tactics to overcome stalemate. As the motive behind heresthetic tactics is to win - or avoid one's least preferred outcome - adopting these strategies includes trade-offs in policy content.


In addition to this book project, Alex has several manuscripts under review and additional working papers. He has presented research at the Congress & History Conference, MPSA Annual Conference, SPSA Annual Conference, and APSA Teaching & Learning Conference.