Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Steven Balla

Steven J. Balla

Title — Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs

Office — Monroe 475

Office Hours — TR 1:30-3:00pm and by appt.

Phone — (202) 994-4811; Fax: (202) 994-7743

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

American Politics and Public Policy; Executive Branch Politics; Legislative Politics; Interest Group Politics; State Politics and Public Policy; Technology, Politics, and Public Policy; Quantitative Empirical Methods; Chinese Politics and Public Policy


Ph.D., Duke University, 1995


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The central focus of Professor Balla's research is the structure and process of policy making in the federal bureaucracy of the United States. He is specifically interested in the ways in which citizens, organized interests, and members of Congress seek to influence agency decisions, as well as the impact of these efforts on bureaucratic processes and outcomes.  During the 2008-2009 academic year, he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Peking University School of Government in Beijing.


He has published articles in journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and is the co-author (with William T. Gormley, Jr.) of Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance (CQ Press).