Emily Baer is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She previously served as a National Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and an APSA Congressional Fellow with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) where she worked as a legislative assistant on labor and regulatory issues, and equal pay and paid leave legislation. Her research examines the development and evolution of American political institutions, including Congress and political parties, as well as women and politics, from an inter-disciplinary and multi-method perspective. Her current projects address the causes and consequences of congressional reform and group organization in Congress, including recent historical and contemporary efforts by party factions (such as the liberal Democratic Study Group and the conservative Republican House Freedom Caucus) to challenge the status quo in the House of Representatives. Her research is ultimately focused on identifying specific strategies that members of Congress can adopt to reform the static legislative branch to be more representative of and responsive to the public and national policy problems.
Perhaps no group better epitomizes what James Madison described as the “mischiefs of faction” in the 21st century than the House Freedom Caucus (HFC). Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens,… Read More