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 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


Lessons In Impeachment

Laura Blessing | June 5, 2019

In politics, we often learn the lesson of the last time. When President Obama came into office, he and his advisors read Gordon Goldstein’s Lessons in Disaster, which covered mistakes made in Vietnam, to apply them to Afghanistan and Iraq.  The enduring legacy of these conflicts is the power vacuum that enabled the rise

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Congressional Oversight in the 116th

Laura Blessing | March 8, 2019

Congressional oversight in the 116th Congress has gotten off to a roaring start.  After two years of unified government in the Trump administration, Democrats are eager to begin looking into a long list of topics now that they have retaken the House.  The news cycle, already moving at an exhausting pace, now regularly features oversight efforts

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