Thad Kousser is a political scientist at the University of California, San Diego who specializes in state politics. His research looks at how constitutional reforms reshape government, at the role of parties in state legislatures, the ability of governors to enact new policies, the impact of term limits, and the use and misuse of the initiative process. He has published over forty articles and book chapters, and authored or edited six books including The Power of American Governors (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Politics in the American States, 10th Edition (CQ Press, 2012), and The Logic of American Politics, 5th Edition (CQ Press 2011). He is a recipient of the UCSD Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, and has worked as a staff assistant in the California, New Mexico, and United States Senates. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.B. in government summa cum laude from Harvard University.
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