Ben Hammond studies American politics with a focus on political institutions. He is particularly interested in legislative politics and the politics of the federal budget. Before coming to Princeton, Ben served as senior staff on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee as part of a decade-long career on Capitol Hill. He has also held positions as professional staff on House and Senate appropriations subcommittees and was a Stennis Fellow for the 114th Congress. Ben has experience in transatlantic relations as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow working in the German Bundestag with a focus on the German budget process. Ben graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in international studies and history.