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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brown University

Wendy J. Schiller is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University. She received her BA from the University of Chicago. She served as a legislative staff aide to Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and a federal lobbyist in the office of Governor Mario M. Cuomo before getting her PhD at the University of Rochester. She was a Brookings PhD fellow, a post-doc at Princeton University and returned as a guest scholar to the Brookings Institution. Her most recent book entitled Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment will be published by Princeton University Press in December 2014. She is also the author of Partners and Rivals: Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations and the co-author of The Contemporary Congress and most recently co-author with John Geer and Jeffrey Segal of Gateways to Democracy, an introductory text in American politics. She has published articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Studies in American Political Development. Professor Schiller teaches courses on the American Presidency, Congress, Political Parties and Interest Groups, the Founding, and the American political process. She is also a frequent political commentator for local and national news outlets.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy , Brown University


  • 1994 
    University of Rochester, PhD
  • 1986 
    University of Chicago , AB


  • 2011
    Gateways to Democracy, Wadsworth Cengage Learning
  • 2005
    The Contemporary Congress (with Burdett Loomis) , Wadsworth
  • 2000
    Partners and Rivals:Representation in U.S. Senate Delegations, Princeton University Press

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)