Harris Public Policy
Adam Zelizer studies legislative behavior. His research examines how legislators make decisions, for example, how they acquire expertise from policy research and influence one another through deliberation, and the effects of individual decision-making processes on policy outcomes. He seeks to understand which legislative institutions and processes lead to more informed, effective, and broadly supported public policies, and which do not.
His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Cato Institute, Open Society Foundations, and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He is the recipient of the Best Dissertation Award and the Jewell-Loewenberg Paper Award from the American Political Science Association.
Zelizer holds a PhD in political science and a BA in political economy from Columbia University. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.