Alexander C. Furnas, ABD

Ph.D. Candidate & Gerald R. Ford Fellow
Political Science, University of Michigan

Alexander (Zander) Furnas is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan in American Politics (major subfield) and Quantitative Methods (minor Subfield). He specializes in the role of information and expertise in the United States Congress. His dissertation examines the conditions under which Congress uses privately provisioned information produced by outside organizations in the policymaking process. He is a co-principal investigator of both the 2017 and 2019 Congressional Capacity Surveys. More generally, he studies Congress, interest groups, policy making and elite political behavior using survey, text analysis and network methods.

Shelby Taraba

Research Assistant

In the 2018-19 academic year, she was the Engagement Fellow for the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement. Shelby received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University. During her undergraduate career, Shelby was an employee of the John C. Wells Planetarium, served as Astronomy Club President, and worked closely with her professors in projects related to civic engagement and political science research.