David Karol

David Karol is a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles focusing on American Politics. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College, also in Political Science. His dissertation Coalition Management: How and Why Parties and Institutions Change Positions focuses on Issues in American Politics¡foese related questions: how do parties trade places on old issues and take positions on new ones and why are some issues marked by partisan conflict while others divide Congress and President regardless of their party affiliation?.

His interests within American politics are broad and include Congress and the Presidency, Parties, Interest Groups/Social Movements and American Political Development. He is also interested in the domestic sources of U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Divided Government and U.S. Trade Policy: Much Ado about Nothing? in International Organization (Fall 2000) and co-author (with Marty Cohen, Hans Noel and John Zaller) of a forthcoming book, Beating Reform: The Resurgence of Parties in Presidential Nominations1980-2000. Before entering UCLA David worked in Washington in journalism and at the Brookings Institution.