Lauren Bell

Lauren C. Bell

Professor of Political Science and Dean of Academic Affairs

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Lauren Bell

Lauren C. Bell is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Academic Affairs at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia. Dr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma.  She is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1997-98) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a former United States Supreme Court fellow (2006-07) at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Bell is the author of Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Cambria Press, 2011), Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation (The Ohio State University Press, 2002) and The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005) as well as co-author of Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2015) and Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach (Allyn & Bacon, 2008).

In addition to these books, Bell has published single- and co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Legislative Studies, The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Judicature; previously, she served on the editorial board of Justice System Journal.  Her work has also appeared in or been cited by The New York Times, Newsweek.com, U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The National Journal, The Huffington Post, Foreign Affairs.com, Wisconsin Public Radio, Share Radio (London, UK), the Canadian Press, the London School of Economics and Political Science’s American Politics and Policy Blog and The Richmond Times-Dispatch.  

Dr. Bell joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon in Fall 1999 and served as Associate Dean of the College from Fall 2007 until her appointment in 2014 as Dean of Academic Affairs.  She was a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan during November and December 2015.

Links to Selected Recent Publications

“Going Nuclear Will Make Things Worse: Nixing the Filibuster Will Deepen Senate Partisanship.” In U.S. News and World Report (online edition).  April 6, 2017.  

“Why blocking Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination may be damaging for Democrats in the long term.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog, February 2, 2017. 

“The stakes are high in the looming fight to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog, February 15, 2016.  

      ~Reposted by Newsweek.com as “Replacing Scalia: Conservatives Have More to Lose by Delay,” February 16, 2016.

“Nuclear Fallout: Limiting the Filibuster has Led to More Delays.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog, November 24, 2015. (With John D. Rackey).

“The Difficulties over Michael Boggs’ Confirmation in the Senate Have Been Made Worse by the Democrats’ Filibuster Reform.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog. May 22, 2014. 

“The Limits of Term Limits.” Virginia Capitol Connections. Spring 2014.

“The Real Danger of Harry Reid’s ‘Nuclear’ Rules Change in the Senate May Be the Fallout.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog. November 23, 2013. 

“The Filibuster is Dead...Long Live the Filibuster.” Foreign Affairs.com. February 4, 2013. 

“Fixing the Filibuster: Why Its Easier Said Than Done.” Foreign Affairs.com, December 19, 2012. 

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Policy Statements or Symbolic Politics? Explaining Congressional Court Limiting Attempts (with Kevin Scott)

Rational Behavior or the Norm of Cooperation? Filibustering Among Retiring Senators (with L. Marvin Overby)

Senatorial Discourtesy: The Senate's Use of Delay to Shape the Federal Judiciary

Selected Books

Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor. Congressional Quarterly Press. (With R. Keith Gaddie and David Elliot Meyer). November 2015.

Filibustering in the U.S. Senate. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press. 2011.

Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press. 2002. 


 

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