Steven Rashin

Senior Scholar
Bio & Writings CV/Resume

Dr. Rashin is a Senior Scholar with the Salem Center in the McCombs School of Business, where he studies corporate influence over the policymaking process.  His research sits at the intersection of political science, public management, and corporate political activity.  His current research focuses on influence in financial regulation, shedding light on the extent and mechanisms through which organized interests use private information to alter public policy. For example, his research has shown that the ability to provide policy relevant information rather than organizational resources drives policy changes.  He also has ongoing projects on campaign finance and on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.  Dr. Rashin graduated from New York University with a Ph.D. in Politics and received an M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College.New



Salem Center, Red McCombs School of Business, Austin, TX, Postdoctoral Fellow.  October 2020-Current

Harvard University, Visiting Scholar, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study.  September 2019-July 2020

The Tobin Project, Boston, MA, Research Fellow. September 2019 – July 2020


Ph.D., New York University, Political Science, 2013 – September 2019

Concentration: American Politics, Quantitative Methodology

M.A., Columbia University, Political Science, 2012

B.A., Carleton College, Political Science (with Distinction), magna cum laude, 2009

Research Interests

American Politics, Bureaucratic Politics, Lobbying, Quantitative Methodology

Invited Presentations

University of Texas-Austin, McCombs School of Business, 2020

Professional Conference Presentations

Midwest Political Science Association 2016, 2017, 2018

Southern Political Science Association 2018, 2019, 2020

American Political Science Association 2018, 2019

Conference on Dodd-Frank Regulations 2016

Industry Influence in Financial Regulation 2017

Teaching Experience

New York University, Instructor:

The American Presidency, Spring 2020

New York University, TA: 

Data Fellow for Identities in American Politics (Honors Seminar) Fall 2018
American Politics Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Quantitative Methods in Political Science Fall 2016, Spring 2019

University of Massachusetts, Boston, Instructor:

Urban Scholars Program 2012-2013

Research Experience

Research Assistant for Professor Sanford Gordon: New York University
Scraping; Various R/Python projects 2014 – 2017

Research Assistant for Professor David Stasavage: New York University
Research on historical tax policies in the 19th century United States Summer 2015

Research Assistant for Professor Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell: Harvard University
Statistics for a project on schools partnering with outside organizations 2012 – 2013

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship 2018 – 2019
MacCracken Fellowship at New York University 2013 – 2018
Bradley Fellow Summer 2016 – Summer 2019
Distinction in Political Science at Carleton College 2009
Independent Study Fellowship 2008


Department: Co-Organizer of Graduate Political Economy Seminar 2014-2016

Reviewer: Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Non-Academic Employment

Paralegal Specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division 2009-2011

Computer Skills

R, Python, Markdown, STATA, and LATEX


English; Spanish (Proficient)