Dr. Bryan Marshall

Department Chair
Bryan Marshall

OFFICE: 218 Harrison Hall
EMAIL: marshabw@miamioh.edu

Schedule a VIRTUAL appointment

Degrees and Institutions

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Political Science, Michigan State University
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Toledo
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Toledo

Work in Progress

Dr. Marshall's teaching and research focuses in the areas of Congress, congressional-executive relations, and quantitative methods. His recent articles appear in Social Science Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, American Politics Research, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. Marshall has a forthcoming book, The Committee, co-authored with Bruce Wolpe (University of Michigan Press).  The Committee takes you inside the House Energy and Commerce Committee to give a first-hand glimpse into the rough-and-tumble politics of cap-and-trade, healthcare reform, BP oil spill aftermath, and the debt ceiling crisis (click here for more information about The Committee). In addition, Dr. Marshall served as APSA’s Steiger Congressional Fellow (2008-09) working for the House Majority Whip, the Honorable Jim Clyburn.

Select Publications

Recent Blog Posts, Essays, & Op-eds


  • (2018). The Committee: A Study of Policy, Power, Politics and Obama's Historic Legislative Agenda on Capitol Hill with Bruce Wolpe. University of Michigan Press. (click here for more information). 

  • (2011). “Decision Making on the Modern Supreme Court” with Richard Pacelle and Brett Curry. Cambridge University Press.

  • (2005). “Rules for War: Procedural Choice in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.

Selected Articles

  • (2018). “Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling to Assess the Effects of Female Political Role Models on Young Women’s Anticipated Political Engagementwith Mack Mariani and Lanethea Mathews-Schulz.  Sage Research Methods Case. 
  • (2017). "Congress & Foreign Policy", Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis, Oxford University Press.

  • (2017). "Veto-Proof Majorities, Legislative Procedures and Presidential Decisions, 1981-2008" with Linda L. Fowler, Political Research Quarterly 70 (2) 348-362.

  • (2017). “Presidential Signing Statements and Lawmaking Credit” with Kevin Evans, Political Science Quarterly 131 (4): 749-778.

  • (2016). "When Political Gridlock Reigns in Presidential Foreign Policy: Policy Availability and the Role of Congress" with Brandon C. Prins, Presidential Studies Quarterly 46 (4): 763-90.

  • (2016). "The Politics of Credit in Presidential Signing Statements" with Kevin A. Evans, Congress and the Presidency 43 (2): 179-205

  • (2015). “See Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin Run? Party, Ideology and the Influence of Female Role Models on Young Women" with Mack Mariani and Lanethea Mathews-Schulz, Political Research Quarterly 68 (4): 716-731.

  • (2014). “Preserving Institutional Power: The Supreme Court and Strategic Decision Making in the Separation of Powers” with Richard L. Pacelle and Brett W. Curry. Politics & Policy.

  • (2013). “Assessing the Rhetorical Side of Presidential Signing Statements” with Deanna J. Watts and Christopher S. Kelley. Presidential Studies Quarterly Vol. 43, no.2: 274-298.

  • (2011). “Power or Posturing? Policy Availability and Congressional Influence on U.S. Presidential Decisions to Use Force” with Brandon C. Prins. Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 41, no. 3: 521-545.

  • (2010) “Opportunities and Presidential Uses of force: A Selection Model of Crisis Decision-Making” with David J. Brule and Brandon C. Prins. Conflict Management and Peace Science, Vol. 27, 5: 1-25.

  • (2010)  “Going It Alone:  The Politics of Signing Statements from Reagan to Bush II” with Christopher S. Kelley. Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 91, 1: 168-87.

  • (2010) “A Glimpse of History: Working for the House Majority Whip in the Early Days of the 111th Congress”. PS: Political Science & Politics Vol. 43, 1: 183-88.

  • (2009) “Assessing Presidential Power: Veto Politics and Signing Statements as Coordinated Strategies” with Christopher S. Kelley. American Politics Research, May Vol. 37: 508-33.

  • (2009) “Senate Influence or Presidential Unilateralism: An Examination of Treaties and Executive Agreements from Theodore Roosevelt and George W. Bush” with Brandon Prins.  Conflict Management and Peace Science, April Vol. 26: 191-208.

  • (2008) “An Informal and Limited Alliance: The President and the Supreme Court with Richard Pacelle and Brett Curry. Presidential Studies Quarterly, June Vol. 38: 223-47.

  • (2008) “The Last Word: Presidential Power and the Role of Signing Statements” with Christopher S. Kelley. Presidential Studies Quarterly, June Vol. 38: 248-67.
  • (2007) “Like Father, Like Son: The Presidents’ Bush and the Presidential Signing Statement” co-authored with Christopher S. Kelley.  White House Studies, Vol. 7, no.2, 141-62.

  • (2007“Strategic Position Taking and Presidential Influence in Congress” co-authored with Brandon Prins. Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 32, no. 2: 257-84.

  • (2007) “Keepers of the Covenant or Platonic Guardians? Decision Making on the U.S. Supreme Court” with Richard Pacelle and Brett Curry. American Politics Research, Vol. 35, no. 5: 694-725.

  • (2007)  “Agendas, Side Issues and Leadership in the U.S. House” co-authored with William Hixon. Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol. 19, no.1: 83-99.

  • (2005) “Committee Power and Amendment Rights in the U.S. House” co-authored with Charles Finocchiaro. American Review of Politics, Fall, Vol. 25, 265-84.

  • (2005) “Revisiting the Two-Presidencies: The Strategic Use of Executive Orders” with Richard Pacelle. American Politics Research, January, Vol. 33, no. 1: 81-105.

  • (2003) “Controlling the Agenda with Special Rules: A House/Senate Comparison of Legislation in the Postreform Congress.” Politics and Policy, December, Vol. 31, no.4: 672-693.

  • (2003) “Presidential Success in the Realm of Foreign Affairs: Institutional Reform and the Role of House Committees.” Social Science Quarterly, September, Vol. 84, no. 3: 685-703.

  • (2002) “The Pendulum of Congressional Power: Agenda Change, Partisanship and the Demise of the Post-World War II Foreign Policy Consensus” with Brandon Prins. Congress and the Presidency, Autumn, Vol. 29, no. 2: 195-212.

  • (2002) "Examining Claims of Procedural Choice: The Use of Floor Waivers in the U.S. House" with William Hixon. Political Research Quarterly, December, Vol. 55, no. 4: 923-38.

  • (2002) "Explaining the Role of Restrictive Rules in the Postreform House. "Legislative Studies Quarterly, February, Vol. 27, no.1: 61-85.

  • (2001) "Explaining Partisanship on Special Rules in the Postreform House" with William Hixon. Journal of Legislative Studies, Winter, Vol. 7, no. 4: 127-140.

  • (2001) "Congressional Support of the President: A Comparison of Foreign, Defense, and Domestic Policy Decision-Making During and After the Cold War" with Brandon Prins. Presidential Studies Quarterly, December, Vol. 31, no.2: 660-78.

  • (2001) "Partisanship and the Purse: The Money Committees and Procedures in the Postreform Congress” with Brandon C. Prins and David W. Rohde. Politics and Policy, June, Vol. 29, no. 2: 291-315.

  • (1999) “Issue Domains, Conflict, and Committee Outliers: Evidence from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees” with Brandon C. Prins. American Review of Politics, Vol. 20, Winter, 309-327.

  • (1999) “Fighting Fire With Water: Partisan Procedural Strategies and the Senate Appropriations Committee” with Brandon C. Prins and David W. Rohde. Congress and the Presidency, Fall, Vol. 26, no. 2:  113-132.

Selected Chapters

  • (2014). “The Politics of Presidential Foreign Policy: Unilateral Authority and the Role of Congress” with Brandon C. Prins. In Eds: Peter Josephson and R. Ward Holder, The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • (2013). “Taking Credit and Avoiding Blame: The Politics of Rhetorical Signing Statements Under Unified and Divided Government” with Christopher Kelley and Deanna Watts.  In Eds: Julia Azari, Lara M. Brown, and Zim Nwokora, Uniters and Dividers: The National and Partisan Leadership Choices of Presidents, SUNY Press.

  • (2011). “Congress and the Executive: Unilateralism and Legislative Bargaining” (pgs. 183-201). In Jamie Carson Ed. New Directions in Congressional Politics, Routledge Press.

  • (2010) “Aiding and Abetting: Congressional Complicity in the Rise of the Unitary Executive” with Patrick J. Haney (pgs. 188-218).  In Eds:  Christopher Kelley and Ryan Barilleaux, The Unitary Executive and the Modern Presidency, Texas A&M University Press.

  • (2006) “A Court of Laws or a Super Legislature: A Neo-Institutional Model of Supreme Court Decision Making” with Richard Pacelle. In Eds: Mark C. Miller, Rethinking U.S. Judicial Politics, Oxford University Press.

  • (2005) “Explaining Congressional-Executive Rivalry in International Affairs: The Changing Role of Parties, Committees, and the Issue Agenda.” In Eds. Donald R. Kelley, Divided Power: The Presidency, Congress and the Formation of American Foreign Policy, The Fulbright Institute of International Relations, University of Arkansas Press

  • (2000) “Majority Party Leadership, Strategic Choice, and Committee Power:  Appropriations in the House, 1995-1998” with Brandon C. Prins and David W. Rohde (pgs. 69-99). In Eds: William Bianco, Congress on Display, Congress at Work, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Updated: 8/17/2020