Stephen C. Phillips

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida

Stephen C. Phillips is doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Florida, focusing on American political and legislative 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. Stephen's current research focuses on American constitutional development and periodicity in U.S. history.

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, parties in government, 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 research has explored periodicity, political development, and political strategy in American history. Specifically, it examined the contemporary voting behavior of Tea Party Caucus members in the U.S. House, and in the Founding Era by exploring legislative debates at the Constitutional Convention and early federal congresses.

Prior to coming to 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. He is also an active member of Graduate Assistants United at UF, serving as its Communication Chair, and previously served as president and vice president of the Political Science Graduate Student Council at UF.

Stephen teaching in front a whiteboard.
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