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Peter Hanson

  • Peter Hanson

    Peter Hanson

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 471
Spring 2015 Office Hours: TF, 3-5pm
Phone: 303-871-2852

Areas of expertise/research interests

American politics, Colorado politics, public law and political behavior

Professional biography

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 staff member 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


Hanson, Peter C. Too Weak to Govern: Majority Party Power and Appropriations in the U.S. Senate. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Hanson, Peter C.  "Abandoning the Regular Order:  Majority Party Influence on Appropriations in the United States Senate." Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 3, September 2014.

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.