Research Interests:

  • The United States Congress
  • The Federal Bureaucracy
  • American Political Institutions
  • Legislative Studies
  • Gender Politics
  • Elite Behavior
  • Public Policy and Lawmaking


  • “Incentives, Punishments, and Oversight: How Legislators Turn Preference into Policy”
    • Committee Chair: Dr. Benjamin G. Bishin


Lowande, Kenneth, Melinda Ritchie, & Erinn Lauterbach. “Descriptive Representation in Congress: Evidence from 80,000 Congressional Inquires.” Available in Early View, American Journal of Political Science. [link]

Newman, Benjamin, Sono Shah, & Erinn Lauterbach. “Who Sees an Hourglass? Assessing Citizens’ Perceptions of Economic Inequality. ¬†Research and Politics. [paper]

Research in Progress

  • Collaboration with Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman on legislative effectiveness.
  • “Incentives, Punishments, & Oversight: How Women Turn Passion into Policy.”
  • “Does discrimination = Discrimination?” (with Benjamin Newman, Sono Shah, and Daniel Biggers)
  • “Cross-Racial Mobilization: Examining Minority Candidate’s Appeals (with Benjamin G. Bishin & Loren Collingwood)

Other Writings

“Having the most diverse Congress ever will affect more than just legislation.” (With Kenneth Lowande & Melinda Ritchie). Monkey Cage. [link]