Miranda Yaver

115 Prospect Street, Room 335, New Haven, CT 06511


In the 2016-17 academic year, I am a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, where I will be teaching courses on American politics and quantitative methodology. In the 2015-2016 academic year, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis

I completed my PhD in Political Science at Columbia University in 2015, with emphases in American Politics (major subfield) and Methodology (minor subfield). My dissertation, “When Do Agencies Have Agency? Bureaucratic Noncompliance and Dynamic Lawmaking in the United States, 1973-2010,” examines the conditions under which administrative agencies implement in ways that provoke constraints from Congress and the courts, often for behavior that I refer to as noncompliance. I am currently developing this into a book manuscript, spanning multiple agencies and examining both the driving factors behind this bureaucratic behavior, and the ways in which fire alarms about these agency actions lead congressional coalitions to revise policies – both substance and agency capacity – to better insulate against further drift. Other research projects examine congressional use of backdoor regulatory strategies in lawmaking, the fragmentation of the American state, judicial politics and ideal point estimation, bureaucratic learning, responsiveness in state policy implementation, and the estimation of policy change. My interests span a wide range of American institutions and inter-branch conflict in lawmaking and policy implementation, ideal point estimation strategies, as well as the evolution of state capacity and policy over time as a consequence of these ongoing interactions. I am also interested in the challenges of health policy implementation at the federal and state levels, and evaluating the effects of policy interventions aimed at reducing underinsurance (occasional contributor to KevinMD). For more information, see my research statement.  My Google Scholar profile is here.

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Areas of Interest:

  • Lawmaking
  • Policymaking
  • Regulation
  • Judicial Politics
  • Bureaucratic Politics
  • Health Policy