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Hanna Brant

Ph.D. candidate

My dissertation examines how personnel management of staff impacts legislatures. I explore this dynamic at both the congressional and state level within the United States through the lens of staff turnover.

I also have substantive interests in understanding how congressional staffers supplement congressional capacity to draft legislation and conduct oversight, the contours of political careers of members of Congress, and the impact of women in legislatures. My research has been supported by the Dirksen Congressional Center and the Center for Effective Lawmaking and is published or forthcoming in journals such as Congress & the Presidency, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Social Science Quarterly. 


Congressional staff exit intention

May 13, 2019
There is increased attention on congressional staff in recent months — from the House forming the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, to members of Congress making headlines… Read More