Frances E. Lee is jointly appointed in the Department of Politics and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs where she is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs.
Lee has broad interests in American politics, with a special focus on congressional politics, national policymaking, party politics, and representation. She is author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign (2016) and Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (2009). She is also coauthor of The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era (2020), Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (1999) and a textbook, Congress and Its Members (Sage / CQ Press). Her research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and other outlets.
Lee is editor of the Cambridge Elements Series in American Politics and a series editor for the Chicago Studies in American Politics. She was co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly from 2014 to 2019. She is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the American Congress (2011). Along with Nolan McCarty, she co-chaired the Institutions Working Group for the Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy Program and co-edited an associated volume, Can America Govern Itself? (2019).
Lee is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best publication in the field of American national policy and its Richard F. Fenno prize for the best book in legislative studies. She is a two-time recipient of the D.B. Hardeman Prize presented by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation for the best book on the U.S. Congress from the fields of biography, history, journalism, and political science. In 2002-2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Frances E. Lee
School of Public and International Affairs / Department of Politics
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Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
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Department of Politics
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Discussion of Beyond Ideology on C-SPAN
Ezra Klein interviews on Vox.com and on the Ezra Klein Show
Testimony before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress