Devin Judge-Lord

Credentials: BA, Political Science, Reed College MESc, Environmental Politics and Law, Yale University

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: American Politics | Political Methodology



Research Interests

Bureaucratic Policymaking, Social Movements, Lobbying, Science in Politics, Property Law, Private Authority, Environmental Policy, Text Analysis


BA, Political Science, Reed College
MESc, Environmental Politics and Law, Yale University


Devin’s research addresses bureaucratic policymaking, congressional oversight and representation, and environmental policy. His dissertation focuses on how public pressure campaigns affect agency rulemaking, a technocratic policy process where “public participation” is usually limited to sophisticated lobbying but occasionally includes millions of people mobilized by public pressure campaigns. It examines who participates in public pressure campaigns and why, whether these campaigns affect congressional oversight, and whether they affect policy. His work employs a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, with contributions mainly in the field of text analysis. Additionally, Devin has major collaborative projects on congressional behavior, interest-group lobbying, and private environmental governance. His work has been published in Organization & the Environment and Interest Groups & Advocacy. Prior to his academic career, Devin worked in local government and for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Courses Taught

PS 272: Public Policy
PS 811: Statistical Computing for Social Science


“Data and Methods for Analyzing Interest Group Influence in Rulemaking” with Daniel Carpenter, Brian Libgober, Steven Rashin. Interest Groups & Advocacy 9, 425–435 (2020)

“Do Private Regulations Ratchet Up? How to Distinguish Types of Regulatory Stringency and Patterns of Change” with Benjamin Cashore and Constance McDermott in Organization & Environment 33:1 (2020)


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