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Alexis N. Walker

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Saint Martin's University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Public Sector Reforms
  • Revitalizing U.S. Democracy
  • Unions & the Labor Movement

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About Alexis

Walker studies how public policies shape and constrain citizens and groups’ behavior in American politics with particular concern for how policies can enhance or diminish the quality of our democracy. Her current research examines how public policies have influenced the size, composition and effectiveness of organized labor in American politics. She is also interested in the feedback effects of other policies including electoral rules and social policies.

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Publications

"Partisan Preemption: the Strategic Use of Federal Preemption Legislation" (with Mallory E. SoRelle). Publius: the Journal of Federalism 4, no. 1 (2016): 486-509.

Explains how federal lawmakers from both parties have increasingly preempted state power across a number of policy areas, with Democrats doing so to expand regulation across the states and Republicans attempting to curtail it.

"The Historical Presidency: ‘The Fibre of which Presidents Ought to be Made’: Union Busting from Rutherford Hayes to Scott Walker" Presidential Studies Quarterly (2016): 194-207.

Examines the robust tradition dating back to the 1870s of conservative presidential hopefuls and presidents advancing and defining their careers through union busting.

"Labor's Enduring Divide: The Distinct Path of Public Sector Unions in the United States" Studies in American Political Development 28, no. 2 (2014): 175-200.

Explores how the exclusion of public sector employees from national labor law in the 1930s and 1940s altered the development trajectory of public sector unions. This exclusion delayed public sector union development preventing a large public/private union movement in the middle of twentieth century and resulting in public sector employees' more unequal, vulnerable collective bargaining rights.

"Citizenship" (with Suzanne Mettler), in The Oxford Handbook on Social Policy in the United States, edited by Daniel Beland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberley Morgan (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Provides an overview of the diverse literature exploring the relationship between social rights and citizenship, with particular attention to the ways social policies can promote or diminish inclusion, political participation, and full citizenship.

In the News

"Both Democrats and Republicans Care about States’ Rights - When it Suits Them," Alexis N. Walker (with Mallory E. SoRelle), The Washington Post, June 23, 2017.