Gary Hollibaugh

Public Administration Program Director, Associate Professor

An expert in American political institutions and public administration, Hollibaugh's research interests lie broadly within the spectrum of American politics, with a primary interest in institutions. He investigates how executives and legislators respond to electoral and institutional constraints when choosing individuals to serve in appointed positions, the decisions of appointees and unappointed bureaucrats once in office, and the importance of personality traits in this process. His work has been published in the top journals in both public administration and political science, including Public Administration Review, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, among others. Additionally, he is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Courses Taught

  • PIA 2020 - Administration of Public Affairs; PIA 2022 - Quantitative Methods
  • PIA 2028 - Public Policy Analysis; PIA 3005 - Field Seminar in Public Administration

    Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Rochester
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Rochester
  • B.A., Political Science and Applied Mathematics, University of California--San Diego
Recent Publications
  • More than a Feeling: Personality, Polarization, and the Transformation of the U.S. Congress. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
  • “The Incompetence Trap: The (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.
  • Bang, Insik and Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr. Forthcoming. “Legislative Influence on Administrative Decisionmaking in Pennsylvania’s Abandoned and Orphan Well Plugging Program.” Public Administration. doi: 10.1111/padm.12764
  • Resh, William G., Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr., Patrick S. Roberts, and Matthew Dull. Forthcoming. “Appointee Vacancies in US Executive Branch Agencies.” Journal of Public Policy. doi: 10.1017/S0143814X20000215
  • Hollibaugh, Gary E., Jr., Matthew R. Miles, and Chad B. Newswander. 2020. “Why Public Employees Rebel: Guerrilla Government in the Public Sector.” Public Administration Review 80(1):64–74. doi: 10.1111/puar.13118; Hollibaugh, Gary E., Jr. 2019. “The Use of Text as Data Methods in Public Administration: A Review and an Application to Agency Priorities.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 29(3):474–490. doi: 10.1093/jopart/muy045
Research Interests
  • American political institutions
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy analysis