Douglas Kriner


Office: PLS 206
Phone: 617.358.4643
Education: Ph.D., Harvard University, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Areas of Specialization: American Politics, Separation of Powers, Domestic Politics and the Use of Force.

Douglas Kriner is a professor of political science and the Director of Graduate Studies.  His research interests include American political institutions, separation of powers dynamics, and American military policymaking.  Professor Kriner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT in 2001 and received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2006. He has recently published two books on inter-branch politics. The first, with Andrew Reeves, The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality (Cambridge 2015; winner of the 2016 Richard E. Neustadt Award), explores how electoral, partisan, and coalitional incentives compel presidents to target federal resources disproportionately toward some parts of the country and away from others.  The second, with Eric Schickler, Investigating the President: Congressional Checks on Presidential Power (Princeton 2016), examines Congress’ ability to retain some check on the aggrandizement of presidential power through the investigatory arm of its committees. He is also the author of After the Rubicon: Congress, Presidents, and the Politics of Waging  War (Chicago 2010; winner of the 2013 D.B. Hardeman Award) and co-author, with Francis Shen, of The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Military Policymaking (Oxford 2010). Professor Kriner’s work has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, among other outlets. Professor Kriner’s teaching interests include courses on the presidency, Congress, domestic politics and the use of force, separation of powers, and quantitative methods.

For additional information and copies of publications, please see Professor Kriner’s personal homepage.

Professor Kriner regularly teaches the following courses:
PO 300
PO 317
PO 510
PO 518
PO 711

Additional information:
Curriculum Vitae