Center for Effective Lawmaking

2019 Research Grant Recipients

2018-2019 Grant Recipients in the Field of Legislative Effectiveness

This fall, the Center for Effective Lawmaking, announced its first round of grant recipients.

The CEL’s funding and support for research grants is consistent with its commitment to advancing the generation, communication, and use of new knowledge about the effectiveness of individual lawmakers and legislative institutions in Congress. A defining feature of the Center is its emphasis that research and understanding yield new opportunities to improve lawmaking effectiveness. The 2019 research grant recipients:

  • Hanna K. Brant – University of Missouri
  • Andrew Clarke – Lafayette College
  • Jesse M. Crosson – University of Michigan
  • Alexander D. Furnas – University of Michigan
  • Tim LaPira – James Madison University
  • Geoff Lorenz – University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Daniel Markovitz – Lafayette College
  • Melinda N. Ritchie – University of California at Riverside
  • Jennifer L. Selin – University of Missouri
  • Danielle Thomsen – University of California at Irvine
  • Sarah Truel – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Hye Young You – New York University

Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,500. Research topics vary from electoral payoffs to gender equity to lobbying coalition, among many others. Most grant recipients are faculty affiliates of the Center with biographical information listed on the websites affiliate page.

Benefits of being a faculty affiliate include: access to Center events, which include the Center’s annual research conference and various research and engagement opportunities; access to Center resources, such as inclusion in CEL’s working paper series and the opportunity to apply for small grant competition.

The duties of the faculty affiliate are to promote the work and mission of the Center, as well as to contribute at least one Center-specific research or engagement product on an annual basis. For some affiliates, that would be a working paper included in CEL’s working paper series; for others it might involve an op-ed, conference paper, or blog post.  All of these contributions build upon the Center’s goals and help expand research on legislative effectiveness to new audiences.

If you are interested in applying for a research grant through the Center for Effective Lawmaking, please join our email list or contact us at

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