Stephen C. Phillips

Stephen teaching in front a whiteboard.

Stephen C. Phillips is doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Florida, focusing on American political development. He holds a master's degree in political science from UF and the University of Central Florida, where he also received a bachelor's degree in political science.

Understanding the connections between constitutional design, temporality, and the evolving American democratic framework drives Stephen's research. He is particularly interested in institutional and ideational development, legislative behavior, and political strategy. Stephen's research is heavily influenced by constitutional law, history, philosophy, and political science. He also has an interest in Public Policy & Administration and Research Methods, which are his minor fields.

Stephen's dissertation explores the connection of periodicity, political development, and political strategy in American history. Specifically, the project examines public policy debates on civil rights during the twentieth century to study how policy entrepreneurs provoke policy change on items long-stalled on the governmental agenda.

Prior to attending the University of Florida, Stephen worked on federal political campaigns in 2010 and 2012, and served as an elected member of the Student Government Association at UCF. In Gainesville, he is the Communications Chair of Graduate Assistants United, and he previously served as president and vice president of the Political Science Graduate Student Council at UF.