Eric Svensen

Doctoral Candidate - Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin


I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, where I research and teach American politics. My broad research interests include Congress, the presidency, separation of powers, political parties, economics and politics, American political development, the American Founding, public policy, and conceptualization and measurement. I am currently in the process of completing my dissertation,  Reconceptualizing Divided Government, where I challenge conventional wisdom and the dominant scholarly view that divided government is the most important source of legislative gridlock. Feel free to browse my site where you can find more detailed information on my research and teaching interests.  

Besides working on my dissertation, I enjoy spending time with my wife Elizabeth, our three cats, Pretty Girl, Wilbur, and Waldo, as well as our two Great Pyrenees, Claude and Cleo. In my downtime, my hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music of the Baroque era, watching men's professional tennis (while playing it badly myself), classic movies, and enjoying the outdoors. 

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