Ryan Vander Wielen’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of American
political institutions, political decision-making, quantitative methodology, and formal
modeling. Much of his research examines how legislators strategically navigate their
electoral circumstances, and whether voters hold elected representatives accountable
for their behavior in office. He is currently working on a book on how the introduction
of Fox News affected congressional behavior. He is also focusing on research that
reconceptualizes congressional party leaders as social planners who use party discipline
to proactively shape members’ contribution decisions, but always with a mindfulness
to optimizing party welfare.
His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, Public Choice, Political Research Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the co-author of Taming Intuition (Cambridge University Press), Politics Over Process (University of Michigan Press), The American Congress (Rowman & Littlefield), and The American Congress Reader (Cambridge University Press).