Meet Devin Judge-Lord, 2020 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Devin Judge-Lord, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Devin Judge-Lord is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research addresses bureaucratic policymaking, congressional oversight and representation, and environmental policy. 

His dissertation “Public Pressure Campaigns and Bureaucratic Policymaking” examines the effects of civic engagement on agency rulemaking, a technocratic policy process where “public participation” is usually limited to sophisticated lobbying but occasionally includes millions of people mobilized by public pressure campaigns. Chapters address (1) how and why advocacy groups mobilize ordinary people to engage in rulemaking; (2) how public pressure draws the attention of elected officials; (3) how public pressure shapes policy outcomes; and (4) how the environmental justice movement has used opportunities to participate in rulemaking to affect policy. His work employs a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, with contributions mostly in the field of text analysis.

Additionally, Devin has major collaborative projects on congressional behavior, interest-group lobbying, and private environmental governance. He manages two political science research labs and has taught Public Policy and Computational Social Science.