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Andrea LouiseCampbell
2012–2013
Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Political Science
Dire States: Fiscal Effects and Policy Choices during the Great Recession

Andrea Louise Campbell is a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work examines the intersection of public policies and mass politics (public opinion, political behavior, and political inequality), with a particular interest in the politics of social policy, health policy, and tax policy.

Campbell’s current project examines the fiscal experiences of the American states during and after the Great Recession. The study explores variation both in the degree of fiscal shock states experienced and in the policy choices they made. It examines how this variation is related to differences in fiscal and political institutions across states—for example, how features such as supermajority budget rules, tax and expenditure limitations, party control of state government, and voter inequality may have exacerbated or mitigated the fiscal effects of the deepest recession in 80 years.

Campbell received her AB from Harvard University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Political Activism and the American Welfare State (Princeton University Press, 2003); The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy, with Kimberly J. Morgan (Oxford University Press, 2011); and How Americans Think about Taxes (Princeton, forthcoming). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Campbell is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and served on the Committee on the Fiscal Future of the United States. 

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