R. Douglas Arnold is jointly appointed in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he is Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and the William Church Osborn Professor of Public Affairs.
He has broad interests in American politics, with special interests in congressional politics, national policymaking, representation, the mass media, and Social Security. The author of Congress and the Bureaucracy: A Theory of Influence; The Logic of Congressional Action; and Congress, the Press, and Political Accountability, he also co-authored Issues in Privatizing Social Security and co-edited Framing the Social Security Debate: Values, Politics, and Economics.
After joining Princeton’s faculty in 1977, he has taught a wide range of courses for undergraduate, MPA, MPP, and Ph.D. students. He has also chaired the Department of Politics, directed the Department’s Ph.D. program, and directed the Wilson School’s MPA and Ph.D. programs.
He has been a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Guggenheim Fellow, a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a recipient of grants from the Ford, Dirksen, Earhart, and National Science Foundations, and the recipient of the Richard F. Fenno prize in legislative studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ph.D. Yale University.