Jennifer Selin

Jennifer Selin
Assistant Professor
American Politics
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Jennifer L. Selin is a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy in the University of Missouri’s Department of Political Science.  She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, a J.D. from Wake Forest University, and a B.A. from Lebanon Valley College.  Prior to joining academia, Professor Selin practiced administrative law and specialized in federal electricity market regulation and alternative energy development, licensing, and regulation.  


Professor Selin’s research explores how the federal administrative state functions in the American separation of powers system.  Specifically, she examines how elected officials like the President and members of Congress influence policymaking in the federal executive branch.  Her scholarship has been published in political science, public administration, and law journals.


Executive Politics (Graduate)

The American Presidency (Undergraduate)

American Government (Undergraduate)

Selected Publications: 

Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies (Second Edition). (with David E. Lewis), Washington, DC: Administrative Conference of the United States (2018).  Available at:

Don’t Sweat the Details!: Enhancing Congressional Committee Capacity Through The Use of Detailees.”  (with Russell W. Mills), Legislative Studies Quarterly (2017). 

Understanding Employee Turnover in the Public Sector: Insights from Research on Teacher Mobility.” (with Jason A. Grissom and Samantha L. Viano), Public Administration Review 76(2):241-251 (2016).

What Makes an Agency Independent?American Journal of Political Science 59(4):971-987 (2015).

Political Control and the Forms of Agency Independence.”  (With David E. Lewis), George Washington Law Review 83(4/5):1487-1516 (2015).

Influencing the Bureaucracy: The Irony of Congressional Oversight.”  (With Joshua D. Clinton and David E. Lewis), American Journal of Political Science 58(2):387-401 (2014).

Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies. (with David E. Lewis), Washington, DC: Administrative Conference of the United States (2012).

The House as a Stepping Stone to the Senate: Why Do So Few African-American House Members Run?” (With Gbemende Johnson and Bruce I. Oppenheimer), American Journal of Political Science 56(2):387-399 (2012).