Katherine Krimmel

Katherine received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2013, was a National Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs from 2012-2013 and an assistant professor of political science at Boston University from 2013-2016. Her substantive research and teaching interests include public opinion, political parties and their relationship to interest groups, fiscal politics, and the politics of race and gender. Methodologically, she is interested in applying new tools for data management, analysis, and visualization to the study of politics and history.

Academic Focus: 

Political parties and interest groups, public opinion, representation, American political development, fiscal politics


Public Opinion and Representation (Spring 2017)

American Political Parties (Fall 2016)

Gender and Public Policy (Fall 2016)

Awards & Honors: 

Nomination, 2014 E. E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American government, American Political Science Association

National Fellow, The Miller Center, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Mellon Graduate Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University, 2012-2013

Teaching and Faculty Fellowships, Columbia University, 2006-2012

Summer Research Fellowships, Columbia University, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Thomas S. Barclay Graduate Fellowship in Government and Public Law, 2007-2008

Outstanding Presentation Award, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Northwestern University, 2003

Professional Affiliations: 

American Political Science Association

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Conference on “Parties, Polarization and Policy Demanders,” University of Maryland, sponsored by the Madison Initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, June 2016

American Politics Speaker Series, Northwestern University, February 2016

Congress and History Conference, Vanderbilt University, May 2015

Discovery Lecture Series, Civil Rights Act at 50, Boston University, Spring 2015

Workshop on American Politics, Ohio State University, September 2014

Law and Institutions Conference, Emory University, 2013, 2014

Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


"The Efficiencies and Pathologies of Special Interest Partisanship." Forthcoming, Studies in American Political Development.

"Behind the Federal Spending Paradox: Economic Self-Interest and Symbolic Racism in Contemporary Fiscal Politics" (with Kelly Rader). American Politics Research (publishd online April 7, 2017, print forthcoming).

2016. "Gay Rights in Congress: Public Opinion and (Mis)representation" (with Jeffrey Lax and Justin Phillips). Public Opinion Quarterly 80(4): 888-913.

2015. “Political Parties and Legislators” in Breaking Down the State, Ed. Jan Willem Duyvendak and James M. Jasper. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Office Hours: 

On leave Fall 2017 

232 Lefrak


Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A., Columbia University

B.S., Northwestern University, Cum Laude

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