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. His 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.

Understanding the connections between political strategy, constitutional design, and the evolving American democratic framework drives Stephen's research agenda. He is particularly interested in how institutional and ideational development, as well as elite behavior, is affected by the actions of policy entrepeneurs.

Stephen's dissertation examines public policy debates on civil rights during the post-war period to study how political actors provoke policy change on items long-stalled on the governmental agenda. By exploring political and organizational strategies at critical junctures, we are able to discern why some entrepreneurs succeed while others fail to achieve their policy objectives.

Stephen received his master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to beginning his doctorate, Stephen worked on two federal political campaigns. His experience in politics and organized labor provided knowledge in political strategy and strategic communications, and peaked his interest in political action and civil rights.