My name is Annelise Russell and I am a Ph.d. Candidate in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. My research interests include public policy within U.S. institutions, specifically Congress and the media, with an emphasis on how new media platforms serve elite interests. My dissertation looks at how members of Congress strategically allocate attention and whether individual senators’ agendas are influenced by the partisan divide we see on the front pages of newspapers. I currently serve as director of the undergraduate program for the Policy Agendas Project, which collects and organizes data to track changes in the national policy agenda. I mentor undergraduate students in research methods and oversees their work with the project.
I received my B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in Political Science and Journalism and was employed as a journalist at news organizations such as National Journal, Congressional Quarterly and the San Francisco Chronicle.