|Position in department||Professor
|Staff position||Co-Editor, British Journal of Political Science; Director, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
|Office hours||By appointment.
René is Professor in the Department of Government as well as Director, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis. He is also an Editor of the British Journal of Political Science. He joined the Department of Government in 2011, having previously held faculty positions at SUNY Stony Brook and Trinity College Dublin. His main research and teaching areas are political economy, political institutions, formal theory and political methodology. His theoretical interests are in social learning and diffusion, political accountability, strategic communication and cooperation. René's research has been published or is forthcoming in, among others, the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. His ongoing research includes projects on electoral competitiveness, the political economy of organizational growth, globalization preferences, and temporal dynamics of political accountability (including a book-length treatment on the U.S. Congress). Between 2014 and 2016, I served as Head of the Department of Government at the University of Essex.
MA PhD Washington University in St. Louis
"The Dynamics of Enlargement in International Organizations." Previous version presented at the 2012 meeting of the European Political Science Association, Berlin, Germany. (With Julia Gray and Jonathan B. Slapin)
"Diffusion in Congress: Social Dynamics of Discharge Petitions." Previous version presented at the 2012 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (With Ryan J. Vander Wielen and Matthew Green)
Revised and Resubmitted to Political Science Research and Methods
"Globalization with Whom: Context-Dependent Foreign Direct Investment Preferences." Previous version presented at the 2012 meeting of the European Political Science Association, Berlin, Germany. (With Nathan M. Jensen)
"Assessing the Measurement of Policy Positions in Expert Surveys." Previous version presented at the 2014 meeting of the European Political Science Association, Edinburgh, UK. (With Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jonathan B. Slapin)
"Are Electoral-System Effects Really Electoral-Competitiveness Effects?" Previous version presented at the 2014 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (With Mark Andreas Kayser)
"Depoliticizing Policy Reform: Expert Endorsements and Public Opinion Change on Financial Regulation." (With Nathan M. Jensen)
"Robust Periodization for Dynamic Models of Intra-Term Legislative Behavior." (With Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
"The Political Economy of Police Stops." (With Johannes Kleibl and Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
"Policy Diffusion or Insulation? Global Policy Choices and American Public Opinion." Previous version presented at the Fourth Annual CESS-NYU Experimental Political Science Conference, New York, New York. (With Nathan M. Jensen and Justin Leinaweaver)
"The Stakes Are High: Incentives for Legislative Party Leaders and Public Good Production."
Political Economy; Political Institutions; Formal Theory; Political Methodology
Policy Diffusion; Social Learning; Political Accountability; Strategic Communication and Cooperation; Legislative, Bureaucratic and Judicial Politics
2015. "A Cross-National Measure of Electoral Competitiveness." Political Analysis. DOI: 10.1093/pan/mpv001. (With Mark Andreas Kayser)
2015. "Democratic Representation and the Emergence of Partisan News Media: Investigating Dynamic Partisanship in Congress." American Journal of Political Science. DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12171. (With Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson and Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
2014. "Dynamic Elite Partisanship: Party Loyalty and Agenda Setting in the U.S. House." British Journal of Political Science 44:4, 741-72. (With Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
2012. "Adaptive Behavior in the European Parliament: Learning to Balance Competing Demands." European Union Politics 13:4, 465-86. (With Jonathan B. Slapin and Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
2012. "Managing Expectations." Journal of Theoretical Politics 24:2, 276-304. (With Jeffrey K. Staton)
2012. "Leaning Right and Learning from the Left: Diffusion of Corporate Tax Policy Across Borders." Comparative Political Studies 45:3, 283-311. (With Nathan M. Jensen)
2011. "Timely Shirking: Time-Dependent Monitoring and Its Effects on Legislative Behavior in the U.S. Senate." Public Choice 148:1-2, 119-48. (With Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
2011. "Balancing Competing Demands: Position-Taking and Election Proximity in the European Parliament." Legislative Studies Quarterly 36:1, 37-70. (With Jonathan B. Slapin and Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
- Recipient of the 2012 Jewell-Loewenberg Award for the best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2011.
2007. "Judicial Decisions as Legislation: Congressional Oversight of Supreme Court Tax Cases, 1954-2005." NYU Law Review 82:5, 1340-1402. (With Nancy C. Staudt and Jason O'Connor)
2006. "The Changing Dynamics of Senate Voting on Supreme Court Nominees." Journal of Politics 68:2, 296-307. (With Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Chad Westerland)
2006. "Judging Statutes: Interpretive Regimes." Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 38:5, 1909-70 (Symposium). (With Nancy Staudt, Lee Epstein, Peter J. Wiedenbeck, and Ryan J. Vander Wielen)
2005. "The Role of Qualifications in the Confirmation of Nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court." Florida State University Law Review 32:4, 1145-73 (Symposium). (With Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Nancy Staudt)