Robert Lucas Williams
Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Houston
447 Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsWilliams’ research concerns representation and partisanship in the American context, particularly in the state legislatures. Specifically, his focus on representation involves how institutional characteristics, such as term limits, professionalism, and chamber rules and norms, affect legislator behavior. His work on partisanship includes why and when party members follow and shirk the positions of their party and its chamber leadership.
"Partisanship and Reciprocity in Cross-Chamber Legislative Interactions" (with Justin H. Kirkland). The Journal of Politics (forthcoming).
Provides a network-analytic approach to understand how legislators collaborate in order to promote their own policy agenda.
"Parties, Term Limits, and Representation in the U.S. States" (with Jennifer Hayes Clark). American Politics Research 42, no. 1 (2014): 171-193.
Examines how severing the electoral connection influences legislative behavior.
Talks and Briefings
"Representation, Neighboring Districts, and Party Loyalty in the U.S. Congress," Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2014.