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2023 Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture in Representative Government


Frances E. Lee is professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. She is jointly appointed in the Department of Politics and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Lee has broad interests in American politics, with a special focus on congressional politics, national policymaking, party politics, and representation. She is author of Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign (2016) and Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles, and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (2009). She is also coauthor of Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (1999) and a textbook, Congress and Its Members (Sage / CQ Press). Her research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and other outlets.

Lee is editor of the Cambridge Elements Series in American Politics and a series editor for the Chicago Studies in American Politics. She was co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly from 2014 to 2019. 

Lee earned her B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Two Cheers for Congress: A Defense of Shared Power for a Polarized, Distrustful Society

Tuesday, October 3 | Representation: A Decent Respect for the Opinions of Mankind

Wednesday, October 4 | Policymaking: A Government of Accommodation

Thursday, October 5 | Executive Accountability: Let Facts Be Submitted to a Candid World

Lectures are 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., Norman, Oklahoma.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information or accommodations, contact the Carl Albert Center at (405) 325-6372 or