Laura Blessing, Ph.D.



Laura Blessing, Ph.D. joined the Government Affairs Institute as a Senior Fellow in 2015.  Prior to coming to GAI, she earned her PhD from the University of Virginia, where she was also a Miller Center National Fellow and a fellow for the Bankard Fund for Political Economy.  Her dissertation covers the politics and development of tax policy; her interests include policy, institutions, and political parties.  While at UVA she also taught courses on Congress, the Presidency, and Media and Politics for students at both UVA and Sweet Briar College.  After defending her dissertation she worked on the Hill as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow.  She served as the legislative assistant for tax policy for Lloyd Doggett (D, TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee.  She is currently working on a book on the politics of tax policy from the midcentury period to today.

Education: PhD, University of Virginia; MA, University of Virginia; MAT, Johns Hopkins University; BA, George Washington University.

Expertise:

  • Politics of Tax Policy
  • Budgetary Politics
  • Legislative Politics
  • Legislative Process
  • State of Partisanship
  • Congressional Operation and History
  • Executive-Legislative Relations

Media: For interviews, events, and news stories, e-mail gai@georgetown.edu or you can call our office at 202-333-4838

RECENT MEDIA IN THE MEDIA CENTER


Whither Tax Reform? Chasing the Great White Whale

Laura Blessing | February 7, 2016

Tax reform, particularly genuinely comprehensive tax reform, seems to be the great white whale of American politics.  Given that it tends to occur once a generation, the smart money is always on betting on the reform du jour failing.  And yet, confident rumblings have yet again surfaced–from Speaker Ryan and Ways and

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