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Kevin Kosar

Vice President, Policy, R Street Institute

Kevin Kosar is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute, where he oversees all of the institute’s research across its commercial freedom, criminal justice, energy and environment, financial markets, governance, income mobility, innovation policy, insurance and public health policy programs. He co-directs the non-partisan Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, which aims to strengthen Congress. 

Kevin joined R Street in October 2014 from the Congressional Research Service, where he served as analyst and research manager. Earlier in his career, he was lecturer in policy and public administration at New York University and Metropolitan College of New York.

Kevin is the author of three books: Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education, published in 2005; Whiskey: A Global History, published in 2010; and Moonshine: A Global History, published in 2017.

He has been a Presidential Management Fellow and won the Academy of Wine Communications’ wine writer award.

Kevin received his doctorate in politics from New York University and his bachelor’s from Ohio State University. He lives in Washington, D.C.


ICYMI: Examining the case for biennial budgeting

September 18, 2019
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APSA Task Force Memorandum: The Appropriations Process

September 17, 2019
From:   Nolan McCarty, Princeton University, chair; Sarah Binder, George Washington University; Josh Chafetz, Cornell University; Meredith McGehee, IssueOne; Bruce Patton, Harvard Law School; and MArk Strand, Congressional Institute Reform: A… Read More

The problem with the Senate’s “constitutional role”

September 16, 2019
Stand and deliver. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY. On August 12, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid published an Op-Ed in the New York Times, arguing in favor of abolishing one… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

September 14, 2019
David Lerman, “Senate appropriations process continues to devolve,” Roll Call. September 11, 2019. “The Appropriations Committee announced it will postpone consideration of its fiscal 2020… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: The House of Representatives’ work schedule: Issues, and options for reform

September 12, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:      Prof. Jason Roberts, University of North Carolina, chair; Prof. James Curry, University of Utah;… Read More

Which colleges and universities are tops in producing DC-based congressional staff?

September 11, 2019
Source: Casey Burgat, As the above flight path illustration shows, congressional staffers come from colleges all over the country. Each line represents a college who has produced a congressional… Read More

Explainer on the who, why, and what of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

September 10, 2019
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How small is Congress relative to government?

September 9, 2019
Source: Casey Burgat, The upcoming issue of Extensions, a journal published by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma, will present a symposium… Read More

Join us for an update on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

September 6, 2019
Click to RSVP Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group (LBCWG) for a lively update and panel discussion on the work – thus far! – of the… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congressional staffing diversity and retention

September 5, 2019
To:             The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:      Kathryn Pearson, Chair, University of Minnesota ; Casey Burgat, R Street Institute; Menna… Read More