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Evan Haglund, Ph.D.

Government, Associate Professor
Department of Government

Dr. Evan Haglund

Evan Haglund joined the Department of Humanities faculty in August 2014 after completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his graduate training, Evan was a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department, serving as the political-military officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and as a consular officer at the embassy in Accra, Ghana. He worked as a legislative analyst for a lobbying firm for two years after receiving his bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago.



  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Political Science
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, Political Science
  • B.A., University of Chicago, Public Policy Studies

Courses Taught

  • Public Policymaking
  • Political Participation
  • American Congress
  • American Presidential Policy
  • Pop Politics
  • Principles of American Government
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Computer Problem Solving
  • Transnational Threats
  • Homeland Security Policy

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “31 Flavors: The American System of Ministerial Advisers,” chapter 19 in Handbook of Ministerial and Political Advisers, Richard Shaw and Chris Eichbaum, editors. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Press (2023).
  • “Competition or Collusion? How Presidents and the Senate Evade or Enforce Statutory Requirements for Ambassadorial Appointees,” Congress & the Presidency, 49(3): 363–383. (2022).
  • “Inspector General Appointments, Career Tracks, and Controversies,” with Charles A. Johnson, in US Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times, Charles A. Johnson and Kathryn E. Newcomer. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press (2019).
  • “James Garfield,” in Hatred of America’s Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump, Lori Cox Han, editor. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (2018).
  • “The Missing Element: Examining the Loyalty-Competence Nexus in Presidential Appointments,” with Yu Ouyang and Richard Waterman, Presidential Studies Quarterly, 47(1): 62–91 (2017).
  • “Striped Pants versus Fat Cats: Ambassadorial Performance of Career Diplomats and Political Appointees,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, 45(4): 653-678 (2015).
  • “The Private Equity Presidency: How Social, Technological, and Legal Innovations Changed Our Most Prominent Political Institution,” paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2023).
  • “America’s Got Talent? Measuring Candidate Competence in Presidential Primaries,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2021).
  • “Outsourcing Offices: US Attorneys and Presidential Delegation to the Senate,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2018).

Honors and Awards

  • US Coast Guard Academy Civilian Employee of the Year (2020)
  • US Coast Guard Academy Center for Advanced Studies Summer Research Fellowship (2015, 2018)

Contact Information

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