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Ryan Williamson

Ryan Williamson

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Ryan Williamson

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8030-A Haley Center

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PhD, University of Georgia

BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

About Me

Ryan Williamson is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in American politics including Congress and the legislative process, the U.S. presidency, state and local politics, political parties and interest groups, and electoral behavior and representation. His research focuses on electoral politics and institutional development. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011 and his PhD from the University of Georgia in 2017. Prior to joining Auburn’s faculty, he served in the United States Senate on the Committee on Rules and Administration as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

Research Interests

electoral politics, institutional development


  • “Institutional Control of Redistricting and the Geography of Representation.” 2017. Journal of Politics 79: 722-726. with Michael Crespin, Barry Edwards, and Maxwell Palmer.
  • “Re-evaluating the Effects of Redistricting on Electoral Competition, 1972-2012.” 2014. State Politics & Policy Quarterly 14: 162-174. with Jamie Carson and Michael Crespin.
  • “Candidate Ideology and Electoral Success in Congressional Elections.” 2018. Public Choice. 176: 175-192. with Jamie Carson.
  • “Public Attitudes Toward Presidential Veto Powers.” 2018. Research & Politics 5: 1-6. with Joel Sievert.
  • “The Vice President in the U.S. Senate: Examining the Consequences of Institutional Design.” 2018. Congress & the Presidency 45: 145-165. with Michael Lynch, Anthony Madonna, and Mark Owens.