Nathan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Nathan’s research focuses on American political institutions, particularly the presidency, bureaucracy and Congress. His dissertation examines how the president manages the executive branch, with a focus on centralization, politicization and the tradeoffs presidents face when implementing these strategies.


Before coming to Princeton, Nathan graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2015 with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in Mathematics.

Selected Publications

Cameron, Charles M., and Nathan D. Gibson. 2020. “New Directions in Veto Bargaining: Message Legislation, Virtue Signaling, and Electoral Accountability." In SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science & International Relations, eds. Luigi Curini and Robert J. Franzese. London: SAGE

Canes-Wrone, Brandice, and Nathan D. Gibson. 2019. “Developments in Congressional Responsiveness to Donor Opinion." In Can America Govern Itself?, eds. Frances E. Lee and Nolan M. McCarty. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Canes-Wrone, Brandice, and Nathan D. Gibson. 2019. “Does Money Buy Congressional Love? Individual Donors and Legislative Voting." Congress & the Presidency 46(1): 1-27.