Geoff Lorenz

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Lorenz 2012

Doctoral Student
American Politics

  • Fields of Study
    • Legislative Behavior & Organization
    • Interest Group Lobbying
    • Elite Political Networks
  • About

    Geoff’s research and teaching interests are in American political institutions, particularly the internal dynamics of the U.S. Congress and the mechanisms by which interest groups influence legislation. His dissertation examines congressional committee agenda setting, arguing that the incentives faced by committee leaders create conditions under which interest groups can influence which issues committees consider and which issues committees neglect.  Geoff is also conducting research on factors of policy change, the revolving door, and measurement of inter-elite influence through network and text analysis.  His work has appeared in Interest Groups & Advocacy and has been supported by the Dirksen Congressional Center. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Geoff worked as a lobbyist at the Texas state legislature.  Geoff received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. from Stanford University.

  • Grants
    • Ford Fellowship, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, 2015
    • Congressional Research Grant, Dirksen Congressional Center, 2015
    • Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2015
    • Spring/Summer Collaborative Research Grant (with Michael T. Heaney), Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2012