Jennifer L. Selin is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois. Her research explores the complexity of the federal bureaucracy’s relationship with Congress and the President. When unelected administrators implement policies under delegated authority, we hope that these administrators are responsive to direction from democratically elected officials. But how effective are elected principals in controlling the bureaucracy? By approaching the problem of political control from the perspective of bureaucratic administrators, Selin’s research illustrates that the structure of an executive agency’s decision making environment has important implications for political influence.
Jennifer Selin’s research has been published in political science, public administration, and law journals. She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and J.D. from Wake Forest University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she practiced administrative law and specialized in electricity market regulation and alternative energy development, licensing and regulation.