William Macmillan

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MacMillan 2011

Doctoral Student
American Politics

  • Fields of Study
    • American Politics, Methods, Public Policy and Administration
  • About

    William studies government intervention into markets, specifically, by bureaucracies run by the U.S. government. His dissertation work argues that fiscal control of Antitrust policy (as enforced by the DOJ and the FTC) is largely fruitless as the agencies are short sighted in regards to policy planning. Along with his substantive research interests, William works in the area of political methodology developing dynamic discrete choice models as a means to study the impact of budget incrementalism on policy choice.

  • Education
    • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, B.A. in Political Science, 2003
    • University of Iowa, M.A. in Political Science, 2005
  • Grants
    • Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012
    • Rackham Block Grant Fellowship, Winter 2011
    • Political Science Departmental Fellowship, 2006-2007, University of Michigan
  • Presentations
    • “Appropriations Politics Between Congress and Agencies” Saint Louis Area Method Meeting, 2011
    • “How do Federal Agencies React to Changes in Appropriations?” presented at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) annual conference. “The Distribution of Female Ministers in European Cabinets,” paper presented at the 2009 MPSA
    • “Loonies Under Your Bed: Misdirected Attention and the Diluted Value of Stock Market Reports.” With Arthur Lupia, Cassandra Grafstrom, Yanna Krupnikov, Adam Seth Levine, and Erin McGovern. presented at the 2009 APSA
  • Dissertation Title
    • Agencies and Appropriations
  • Dissertation Chair
    • Walter Mebane
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Charles Shipan, Jowei Chen, Brian McCall