Joel Sievert is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. His research focuses on American political institutions with an emphasis on the presidency, congressional politics and elections, American political development, and separation of powers. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of PoliticsLegislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly and a book that is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press