Ryan J. Vander Wielen

Ryan Vander WielenAssociate Professor

457 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


American Political Institutions, Quantitative Methodology, Formal Modeling, Congress, Legislative Behavior


Ryan J. Vander Wielen (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis) is Associate Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Economics at Temple University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of American political institutions, quantitative political methodology, and formal modeling. Much of his work focuses on strategic legislative behavior. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Analysis, Public Choice, Political Research Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the co-author of The American Congress and The American Congress Reader (Cambridge University Press). He is currently working on a number of research projects, including a book project that examines the changing nature of inter-cameral resolution in the U.S. Congress (under advance contract at University of Michigan Press) as well as a book project that explores the ways in which individual differences in information processing influence how voters update support for political parties and elites.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

  • Graduate Courses:
  •  Political Statistics I, Political Science 8001 (Fall 2008 and Fall 2012)
  •  Political Statistics II, Political Science 8003 (Spring 2014 and Spring 2015)
  •  Formal Modeling, Political Science 8130 (Spring 2008, Spring 2010, and Spring 2014)
  •  Legislative Behavior, Political Science 8103 (Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2012, and Fall 2014)
  •  Government in American Society, Political Science 8101 (Fall 2015)
  • Undergraduate Courses:
  • Quantitative Methods, Political Science 0825 (Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, and Fall 2015)
  •  Capstone Seminar – Congress and the Presidency, Political Science 4896 (Spring 2013)
  •  Legislative Process, Political Science 3102 (Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, and Spring 2015)
  •  American Political System, Political Science 1101 (Fall 2007)
  •  Honors Introduction to American Politics, Political Science H091 (Fall 2006)

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