Benjamin Schneer

Assistant Professor 
Harvard Kennedy School

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"Reevaluating Competition and Turnout in U.S. House Elections" with Daniel J. Moskowitz. Forthcoming. Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 

"Post-Political Careers: How Politicians Capitalize on Public Office" with Maxwell Palmer. Forthcoming. Journal of Politics.

"Suffrage Petitioning as Formative Practice: American Women Presage and Prepare for the Vote, 1840-1940" with Daniel Carpenter, Zachary Popp, Tobias Resch, and Nicole Topich. 2018. Studies in American Political Development 32 (1): 24-48.
"Paths of Recruitment: Rational Social Prospecting in Petition Canvassing" with Clayton Nall and Daniel Carpenter. 2018.  American Journal of Political Science 62 (2): 192-209.

"Divided Government and Significant Legislation: A History of Congress from 1789--2010" with Stephen Ansolabehere and Maxwell Palmer. 2018. Social Science History 42 (1): 81-108.

  "How the News Media Activate Public Expression and Influence National Agendas" with Gary King and Ariel White. 2017. Science 358 (6364): 776-780.

  "Capitol Gains: The Returns to Elected Office from Corporate Board Directorships" with Maxwell Palmer. 2016. Journal of Politics 78 (1): 181-196.

  "Party Formation Through Petitions: The Whigs and the Bank War of 1832--1834" with Daniel Carpenter. 2015. Studies in American Political Development 29 (2): 1-22. 

  "What Has Congress Done?" with Stephen Ansolabehere and Maxwell Palmer. 2016. Governing in a Polarized Age: Elections, Parties, and Political Representation in America, eds. Alan S. Gerber and Eric Schickler. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Working Papers

"Rainmakers: Former Politicians as Lobbyists" with Pamela Ban and Maxwell Palmer. Revise and Resubmit at Legislative Studies Quarterly. 

  "The Popular Origins of Legislative Jurisdictions: Petitions and Standing Committee Formation in Revolutionary Virginia and the Early U.S. House" with Tobias Resch, Maggie McKinley and Daniel Carpenter.



Works in Progress

Book Project: From the Capitol to the Boardroom: The Returns to Office from Corporate Board Directorships with Maxwell Palmer.

"Corporate Political Activity as a Bundle of Goods" with Daniel J. Moskowitz and Maxwell Palmer.

"How the Interplay between Individual and District Partisanship Affects Turnout" with Bernard Fraga and Daniel J. Moskowitz.
"The Contours of American Legislative Petitioning" with Tobias Resch, Maggie McKinley, and Daniel Carpenter.

"Descended from Immigrants and Revolutionists: How Immigrant Experience Shapes Congressional Decision-making on Immigration Votes" with James Feigenbaum and Maxwell Palmer.

Reports and Other Publications


"The Arizona Redistricting Commission: A Model For A Fair Process" (with Colleen Mathis and Daniel J. Moskowitz). Policy Brief (draft version), 2017.

“How and Why Retired Politicians Get Lucrative Appointments on Corporate Boards” (with Maxwell Palmer). The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), February 1, 2015.

An Analysis of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Congressional District Map (with Gary King). Submitted to Department of Justice, 2012.

An Analysis of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Legislative District Map (with Gary King). Submitted to Department of Justice, 2012.