Scott R. Meinke
Bucknell University | Department of Political Science








I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Bucknell University. I received my Ph.D. in American Politics from The Ohio State University in 2002.

My research agenda focuses on the effects of American political institutions on elite behavior and representation. My primary focus is the U.S. Congress, with interrelated interests in institutional change, the electoral connection, and changes in congressional representation. The interest in the relationship between institutional context and behavioral change has also led me into collaborative research on electoral politics and the U.S. Supreme Court.

My current work includes a book project examining House party leadership organizations as well as an ongoing series of papers examining representation and institutional change at key points in congressional history. My research has been published in Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Law and Society Review, and Social Science Quarterly.

At Bucknell, I teach a range of courses on American political institutions, including a senior seminar on legislative research, as well as a course on civil liberties and a freshman seminar on media and elections. In 2012, I received Bucknell's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.


Department of Political Science
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
email: smeinke [at] bucknell [dot] edu