Ben Hammond studies American politics with a focus on political institutions. His dissertation leverages an original data set of annual appropriations with a combination of formal theory and observational methods to explain the design of the federal budget process and to explore bargaining outcomes between Congress and the President. His work on distributive politics with Leah Rosenstiel has been published in the American Political Science Review. Ben also serves as the Director of Congressional Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service, a legislative branch agency that seeks to promote and strengthen the highest ideals of public service in the country. In this position, he oversees the Stennis Fellows Program, which aims to meet the challenges Congress faces as an institution by providing practical, bipartisan leadership development for senior staff members in both parties and in both chambers.

Before attending Princeton, Ben served as senior staff on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and as professional staff on several House and Senate appropriations subcommittees. He has experience in transatlantic relations as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow working in the German Bundestag with a focus on the German budget process. Ben graduate summa cum laude from Ole Miss with a B.A. in international studies and history.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship, Gettysburg College (2021-22)
  • Dean’s Completion Fellowship/Postgraduate Research Associate, Princeton University (2021-22)
  • Prize Fellowship in the Social Sciences, Princeton University (2020-21)
  • George Kateb Preceptor Award, Department of Politics, Princeton University (2020)
  • Parker D. Handy Fellowship, Princeton University (2016-17)
  • John C. Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow, Stennis Center for Public Service (2015-16)
  • Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship (2011-12)
  • Civil Courage Commendation, Berlin Police Department (2011)
  • Stennis Emerging Congressional Staff Leader, Stennis Center for Public Service (2009-10)
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary Foundation (2007)
  • Taylor Medalist in Liberal Arts, Ole Miss (2006)
  • Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College Scholar, Ole Miss (2006)
  • Croft Scholarship, Ole Miss (2002-06)