Sarah Binder is a professor of political science at George Washington University and a
senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, specializing in Congress and legislative
She is most recently the co-author with Mark Spindel of The Myth of Independence: How
Congress Governs the Federal Reserve (Princeton University Press 2017), which was
awarded the Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize for the best book published in legislative politics
in 2017 and the Gladys Kammerer Award for the best book published in 2017 on U.S.
national policy. Her earlier books include Minority Rights, Majority Rule: Partisanship
and the Development of Congress (Cambridge University Press 1997); with Steven S.
Smith, Politics or Principle? Filibustering in the United States Senate (Brookings
Institution Press 1997); Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock
(Brookings Institution Press, 2003) (awarded the Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize) and with
Forrest Maltzman, Advice and Dissent: The Struggle to Shape the Federal Judiciary
(Brookings Institution Press 2009). Her work has also appeared in the American Political
Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, and
Binder was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. She is also a
political science editor at The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, a former co-editor
of Legislative Studies Quarterly, and serves as president of the Midwest Political Science
Binder received her B.A. from Yale University in 1986 and her Ph.D. in political science
from the University of Minnesota in 1995. She joined Brookings in 1995 and George
Washington University in 1999.