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Alison Craig

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., The Ohio State University

Alison Craig



American political institutions, legislative politics, policy process, network analysis


Alison Craig is an assistant professor in the Department of Government in the fields of Public Policy, American Politics, and Political Methodology.  Her research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, is focused on improving our understanding of the day-to-day functioning of the United States Congress, with an emphasis on the relationships between members and the challenges of policymaking in the modern legislature.  She is currently working on a book project, The Collaborative Congress, which examines how rank-and-file members of Congress work together to craft substantive and successful policy proposals in a polarized Congress.  She also does work on distributive politics, interest groups, social network analysis, and text as data and has been published in the American Journal of Political Science.  She teaches graduate level courses on American political institutions, statistical analysis, and network analysis, and undergraduate courses on the U.S. Congress and the policy process.

Alison earned her Ph.D. in 2017 from The Ohio State University and has a B.S. in political science from the University of Oregon.  Prior to graduate school, she spent eleven years working for members of Congress on Capitol Hill and in her home state of Oregon.  In that time she filled a variety of roles from communications to casework, but most of her work was as a legislative assistant handling domestic policy issues and as a field representative working with local governments and opinion leaders.



GOV 371I • United States Congress

39125 • Fall 2021
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.128

Examine the modern Congress and analyze various factors influencing the legislative process.

GOV 385L • Network Analysis

39205 • Fall 2021
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 5.102

Seminar in Methodology.

GOV 371I • United States Congress-Wb

38805 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

Examine the modern Congress and analyze various factors influencing the legislative process.

GOV 391L • Stat Anly In Pol Sci II-Wb

38950 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

Statistical Analysis in Political Science II.

GOV 371E • Policy Formulatn/Implement-Wb

37635 • Fall 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

Examine the policy-making process in the United States. Focus on the actors and institutions involved in the formulation and implementation of public policy.

GOV 370L • Policy Formatn/Implementatn

38155 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM

This course examines the policy making process in the American context with an emphasis on the institutions involved in the formation and implementation of public policy.  We will begin with the traditional model of the policy process in which policy progresses through stages from issue emergence to policy evaluation and compare that model to the reality of how policy is made in Washington, DC.  Next we will consider the role of institutions in policy formation, with a particular emphasis on Congress and administrative agencies.  Finally, we will examine policy implementation and evaluation, or what happens after a bill becomes a law, including the rulemaking process and congressional and judicial oversight.  The course will draw heavily on real world examples and case studies in addition to readings from academic texts and journal articles.  By the end of the course, students should have a greater understanding of how policy is created in the United States and how the realities of this process compare to the rules and norms of policymaking.

GOV 391L • Statistical Anly In Pol Sci II

38330 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.104

Statistical Analysis in Political Science II.

GOV 370L • The United States Congress

37735 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.128

In this course we will engage in an in-depth study of the United States Congress.  The first portion of the class will focus on the relationship between members and their constituents, from what it takes to get elected to Congress to how members represent their district or state in Washington, DC.  The remainder of the course will be devoted to the legislative process and the behavior of legislators within Congress.  To better understand the challenges of lawmaking and the role of Congress in society, students will participate in a "mock Congress" simulation to gain firsthand experience with the choices and challenges that members face.

GOV 385L • Network Analysis

37830 • Fall 2019
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 5.102

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theoretical motivations behind network analysis in the social sciences and the methodological tools available to scholars who wish to understand the interdependencies between observations.  We will begin with the basics of network analysis including working with network data, calculating descriptive network statistics, and network visualization.  We will then move on to the tools necessary to analyze and interpret network data in a manner sufficient for contemporary research questions that demand understanding of the complex dynamics of network processes.  Methodological research on inferential network analysis is an evolving field with new advances continually being developed.  We will focus on the most important of these innovations and students will gain practical experiences with statistical models that utilize networks as both independent and dependent variables.  By the end of this course, students will understand the theoretical basis for network analysis, be able to apply the most commonly used models for inferential network analysis, and have a working paper suitable for submission to a conference.

GOV 381J • Pol Institutions And Processes

38460 • Spring 2019
Meets M 12:30PM-3:30PM BAT 5.102

This course is one of two introductory graduate seminars for the American politics subfield with a focus on the study of institutions.  The goal is to familiarize students with many of the foundational works in the study of American political institutions and provide an understanding of the different methodological and theoretical approaches currently used to study the American political system.  Most weeks will be evenly split between classics in American politics and the latest research being done in the field.  Students should emerge from this course with the broad knowledge necessary for the comprehensive exam in American politics and ideas for how their own research interests might fit into the current state of the literature.

GOV 391L • Statistical Anly In Pol Sci II

38570 • Spring 2019
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 1.134

Statistical Analysis in Political Science II.

GOV 391L • Statistical Anly In Pol Sci II

38565 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GAR 0.120

This course will introduce students to linear regression, diagnostics, and the presentation and interpretation of results.  The course will require a significant time commitment from most students and will move at a fairly rapid place, covering a good deal of material beginning with an introduction to Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression models and ending with an overview of some of the more advanced statistical tools used in political science research.  In addition to the class meetings, students are expected to keep up with the readings and problem sets and attend weekly discussion sections that will focus on reviewing material and introducing students to the computing tools used in the course, particularly the R statistical computing environment.


GOV 370L • Policy Formatn/Implementatn

38822 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 103

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.


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