Areas of expertise/research interests
American politics, Colorado politics, public law and political behavior
Peter Hanson's fields of interest include the U.S. Congress and how it functions when parties become polarized. He also helped to design and carry out the University of Denver's first Colorado Voter Poll in the 2012 presidential election.
He worked as a legislative assistant in the office of Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle from 1996-2002, and in the office of U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin in 2004.
PhD, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2010
MA, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2005
AB, Social Studies, Harvard University, 1995
Too Weak to Govern: Omnibus Bills, Agenda Control and Weak Senate Majorities (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press)
Hanson, Peter. "L'opposition impuissante? Comment la majorité contrôle le Sénat." Politique Américaine, No. 19, February 2012.
Shepsle, Ken A., Robert P. Van Houweling, Samuel J. Abrams, and Peter C. Hanson. "The Senate Electoral Cycle and Bicameral Appropriations Politics." American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 53, No. 2, April 2009, 343-359.
Hanson, Peter C. "Flag Burning" in Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy, eds., Nathanial Persily, Jack Citrin and Pat Egan, Oxford University Press, 2008.