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Andrew Rich

Visiting Professor and Director of the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Political Science

Affiliated Departments

Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies


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  • Profile

    Andrew Rich serves in a part-time capacity as Visiting Professor and Executive Director of the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies. He is also the Executive Secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He was previously President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute. He is the author of a number of articles about think tanks, philanthropy, and the role of experts and ideas in the American policy process.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Yale University, 1999

  • Courses Taught

    10100: United States Politics and Government An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues. 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    22100: The Congress An examination of the role of legislative bodies in our political system. Organization, procedures and operations are the focus of the course. Case studies dealing with contemporary policy-making are integrated throughout the semester. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    22200: The Presidency Assessment of the present and possible future role of the American presidency. The development of the office, its relationship to other institutions and politics, and contemporary problems. Topics include the duties of the President as Chief Executive, legislator, shaper of foreign policy, Commander-in-Chief, party leader, and head of state. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.

    21600: Political Parties and Interest Groups

    Interest groups and pressure politics. The rise of new groups in the political process. The nature and functions of parties under the American system of government; major and minor parties; party finance and political machines; national campaign issues and techniques. (W) 3 hr./wk.; 3 cr.
  • Publications

    Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise (Cambridge University Press, 2004).   

    “The Politics of Expertise in Congress and the News Media,” Social Science Quarterly, September 2001, 82(3): 583-601.

    “Ideas versus Expertise: Think Tanks and the Organization of Information in Policymaking,” Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research, ed. by Daniel Beland and Robert H. Cox (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

    “Think Tanks and Ideology in American Politics,” Looking for a Progressive America, ed. by Frans Becker, Menno Hurenkamp, and Michael Kazin (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) [also printed in Dutch, Amsterdam: Wiardi Beckman Stichting, 2007].

    “Reaching Competition Despite Reform: When Technology Trumps (De)Regulation and the New “Old” Politics in Telecommunications Reform,” Creating Competitive Markets, ed. By Marc K. Landy, Martin A. Levin, and Martin Shapiro (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2007).

    “The War of Ideas: Why Mainstream and Liberal Foundations and the Think Tanks They Support Are Losing in American Politics,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2005, 2(4).
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