ISPSResident Faculty Fellow
TitleAssistant Professor of Political Science
Ian Turner is Assistant Professor of Political Science, a Resident Fellow in the Institution of Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Co-director of the Political Institutions/Political Behavior Research Program at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a fellow in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2011-2014) and a graduate associate for the Center for Empirical Research in the Law (CERL).
Ian’s research focuses primarily on American political institutions and democratic accountability. In particular, his work examines interactions within the executive branch — e.g., the President and bureaucracy — as well as between the executive and other institutions — e.g., courts, Congress, and interest groups. His main project studies how institutions such as executive and judicial review impact the incentives for bureaucratic agencies to more effectively craft and implement public policy, and provides insight into how one might design institutions to foster this behavior. Another major project studies how interest group lobbying and campaign finance structures policymaking incentives, informational dynamics, and political agendas. He is also generally interested in political economy, formal political theory, and public administration, management, and policy.