Hanna Brant

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hanna Brant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Prior to joining the faculty at Geneseo, she earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri with concentrations in American politics and public administration. She teaches a range of classes related to American politics and institutions, including courses on the executive branch, Congress and the legislative process, and state and local government. Additionally, she has taught courses on identity, gender and politics and research methods. Dr. Brant’s research examines the contours of political careers of members of Congress and legislative staff, the impact of women in legislatures, and how congressional staffers supplement congressional capacity to draft legislation and conduct oversight. She has a B.S. from Indiana State University in Political Science with minors in Women's Studies and Civic Leadership.

Hanna Brant

Curriculum Vitae


  • "Gendered Pluralism" by Belinda Robnett and Katherine Tate. 2023. Public Opinion Quarterly (Book Review).

    "R&R: Retirements from and Retentions in the Popularly-Elected Senate." 2023. New England Journal of Political Science 13(1).

    "With fewer women in NYS Legislature, where will future leaders come from?" 2023. In Syracuse Post-Standard (Guest Commentary).

    “The Rainbow Wave in 2020: The LGBTQ+ Community and the Path to Equitable Representation.” In Identity Politics in US Elections, Palgrave MacMillan.

    "Legislating as Your Full Self: Queer Women of Color in US State Legislatures." 2022. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 43(3): 297-309.

    “Under Pressure: Centralizing Regulation in Response to Presidential Directives." 2022. Presidential Studies Quarterly 52(2): 340-366.

    “Congressional Career Decisions in the 2018 Congressional Midterm Elections.” 2021. Congress & the Presidency 48(1): 8-24.

    “Female Appointed Successors in the United States Senate.” 2020. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 44(4): 527-541.

    “Checking Out: 2018 Congressional Retirements and Resignations in Historical Perspective.” 2020. In The Unforeseen Impacts of the 2018 US Midterms, Palgrave MacMillan.

    “Drinking the Tea: The Tea Party Movement and Legislative Agendas in the U.S. Senate.” 2019. Congress & the Presidency 46(1): 60-88.

    “Ambition, Gender, and Legislative Behavior in the U.S. House.” 2019. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 40(2): 286-308.

    “Joining the Great Majority: An Analysis of Senate Deaths, 1919-2015.” 2018. Social Science Quarterly 99(5): 1637- 1648.

    “Promotion, Protection, and Entrepreneurship: Stakeholder Participation and Policy Change in the 21st Century Cures Initiative.” 2017. Politics & Policy 45(3): 372-404.


  • PLSC 110: American Politics

    An analysis of the American system of government, focusing on the relationships among national government institutions and on intergovernmental relations among the nation, the states, and the cities.

  • PLSC 372: Community, State &Regional Pol

    A survey of the interrelationships between local governments, states, and metropolitan regions. Particular emphasis is focused on the key political and policy problems affecting intergovernmental cooperation and conflict, how such problems are developed into issues of national interest, and what alternatives are available for solutions. Also focuses upon specific policy issues such as taxation, environment, land use, structural reform, and transportation, which require interdisciplinary solutions in the federal system.

  • PLSC 490: Senior Sem: American Politics

    This course will focus on a special topic within the discipline of Political Science of the instructor’s choosing. Students will produce a research paper, and participate in weekly discussions on readings assigned by the instructor.