R. Douglas Arnold is now the William Church Osborn Professor of Public Affairs, Emeritus, and Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Emeritus, in Princeton’s Department of Politics and in its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

He has broad interests in American politics, with special interests in congressional politics, national policymaking, representation, accountability, and Social Security. The author of Congress and the Bureaucracy: A Theory of Influence (1979), The Logic of Congressional Action (1990), and Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability (2004), he also co-authored Issues in Privatizing Social Security (1999) and co-edited Framing the Social Security Debate: Values, Politics, and Economics (1998).

After joining Princeton’s faculty in 1977, he taught a wide range of courses for undergraduate, MPA, MPP, and Ph.D. students. He has also chaired the Department of Politics for five years, and directed the School’s MPA and Ph.D. programs, and the Department’s Ph.D. program, for twelve years. He transferred to emeritus status in 2019, after 42 years of active service.

He has been a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Guggenheim Fellow, a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a recipient of grants from the Ford, Dirksen, Earhart, and National Science Foundations, and the recipient of the Richard F. Fenno prize in legislative studies. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ph.D. Yale University (1977).

Selected Publications

“Holding Mayors Accountable: New York’s Executives from Koch to Bloomberg,” with Nicholas Carnes, American Journal of Political Science 56 (2012), pp. 949-963.

“Politics at the Precipice: Fixing Social Security in 2033,” The Forum 13:1 (2015), pp. 3-18.

“Explaining Legislative Achievements,” in Jeffrey A. Jenkins and Eric M. Patashnik (eds.), Congress and Policy Making in the 21st Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 301-323.

“The Electoral Connection, Age 40,” in Alan Gerber and Eric Schickler (eds.), Governing in a Polarized Age: Elections, Parties, and Political Representation in America (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 15-34.