Maya Kornberg

Research Fellow, Elections and Government Program, Brennan Center for Justice

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About Maya

Kornberg is a legislative studies specialist. Her research, writing, teaching and public sector work focuses on civic engagement and democratic governance. She is currently lead author and lead researcher of the global parliamentary report, a joint project of the United Nations Development Program and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The project explores how to strengthen the relationship between parliaments and the citizens they represent. My PhD, which I am now turning into a book, explores US congressional committees as a source of legislative learning. She has previously held positions at NYU’s Govlab, American University, and Public Agenda.

In the News

Opinion: "Science-Poor Congress Needs More Than Google Searches for Tech Legislation," Maya Kornberg, The Hill, November 30, 2023.
Opinion: "Building Science and Technology Expertise in Congress," Maya Kornberg (with Martha Kinsella), Brennan Center for Justice, November 6, 2023.
Opinion: "Rethinking Civic Engagement To Regain Trust," Maya Kornberg, Fulcrum, November 29, 2021.
Opinion: "You Can Take a Congressperson Outta Washington," Maya Kornberg, Blog,
Interviewed in "US Mid-term Elections: The Latest On The Vote Results," BBC Newsday, November 7, 2018.
Opinion: "Plenty of Congressional Hearings Are Not Circuses. Here’s How We Know.," Maya Kornberg, The Washington Post, August 14, 2018.
Opinion: "Israel is Politically Unstable and That Threatens its National Security," Maya Kornberg, Haaretz, May 26, 2015.


"Global Parliamentary Report 2022," Interparlimentary Union, 2022.

Emerges as countries and communities aim to build forward better from the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the greatest reversal in human development ever recorded. Discusses how the pandemic has compounded a range of global crises – including planet-threatening climate change and environmental degradation, deepening inequalities and poverty, and food insecurity.

"The Leadership as a Spoiler" (with Roee Kibrik ), in Spoiling and Coping with Spoilers, edited by Galia Golan and Gilead Sher (Indiana University Press, 2019), 30-57.

Looks at the political leadership itself as a spoiler in the peace negotiations in which it takes part, and we shall focus on spoiling activity during the negotiation phase before an agreement is signed. Assumes that there is a dividing line between the leadership in negotiations and spoilers outside of it is too narrow.