A specialist in American political institutions, Hollibaugh studies the relationship between the executive and legislative branches, as well as the importance of elite personality within those institutions. Using formal theory and statistical analysis, he investigates executives, legislators, bureaucrats, and their responses to certain situations and their decision-making process.


Teaching and Research Areas

Hollibaugh’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • American political institutions
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy analysis


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • More than a Feeling: Personality, Polarization, and the Transformation of the U.S. Congress. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • “The Incompetence Trap: he (Conditional) Irrelevance of Agency Expertise.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27(2):217–235.
  • “Don’t Know What You Got: A Bayesian Hierarchical Model of Neuroticism and Nonresponse.” Political Science Research and Methods, 2015.


Awards and Honors

  • Featured Author, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 2015
  • Artinian Award, Southern Political Science Association, 2013
  • Latino Caucus Award, Midwest Political Science Association, 2011


Consultancies and Public Service

  • Organizer, Conference on Elite Personality and Political Institutions, 2017
  • “Super Reviewer,” American Journal of Political Science, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • APSA Presidents and Executive Politics Section Founders Award Committee, 2017 (Chair)




  • Director, Public Administration Program, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh