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Hanna Brant

Assistant Professor
Hanna Brant

Hanna Brant (she/her/hers) 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 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. Her work has been supported by the Dirksen Congressional Center and the Center for Effective Lawmaking and is published or forthcoming in journals such as Congress & the Presidency, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Social Science Quarterly.

She has a B.S. from Indiana State University in Political Science with minors in Women's Studies and Civic Leadership.

Curriculum Vitae

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “Under Pressure: Centralizing Regulation in Response to Presidential Directives” Forthcoming at Presidential Studies Quarterly.

    “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: S/U/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 373: Presidential Politics

    A study of contemporary presidential performance within the American political system. Particular attention is given to alternative chief executive choices and values in selecting appropriate courses of action in response to perceived public needs. Topics include political selection processes, political leadership, the presidential advisory system, the public policy presidency, the role of the press, and evaluating presidential power.

  • 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.