Ben Hammond, Director of Congressional Programs

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Ben Hammond is an advanced doctoral candidate in politics at Princeton University, where he has been affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics since 2016. He studies American political institutions with a focus on Congress, the separation of powers, and the federal budget. His dissertation leverages an original data set of discretionary appropriations with a combination of formal theory and observational methods to explain the design of the federal budget process and to explore bargaining outcomes between Congress and the President. His research on the distribution of pork has been published in the American Political Science Review.

Before attending Princeton, Ben served as professional staff on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. From 2008 to 2014, he worked on the Subcommittees for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Senate), the Interior (Senate), and Energy and Water Development (House), and from 2015 to 2016, he worked on the full committee for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. Ben served as a Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow for the 114th Congress and as a Stennis Emerging Leader for the 111th Congress. He has experience in transatlantic relations as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow from 2011 to 2012, during which time he worked in the German Bundestag and the German Ministry of Finance, and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa in 2007. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss and a master’s degree from Princeton.

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Ben Hammond is an advanced doctoral candidate in politics at Princeton University, where he has been affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics since 2016. He studies American political institutions with a focus on Congress, the separation of powers, and the federal budget. His dissertation leverages an original data set of discretionary appropriations with a combination of formal theory and observational methods to explain the design of the federal budget process and to explore bargaining outcomes between Congress and the President. His research on the distribution of pork has been published in the American Political Science Review.

Before attending Princeton, Ben served as professional staff on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. From 2008 to 2014, he worked on the Subcommittees for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Senate), the Interior (Senate), and Energy and Water Development (House), and from 2015 to 2016, he worked on the full committee for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. Ben served as a Stennis Congressional Staff Fellow for the 114th Congress and as a Stennis Emerging Leader for the 111th Congress. He has experience in transatlantic relations as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow from 2011 to 2012, during which time he worked in the German Bundestag and the German Ministry of Finance, and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa in 2007. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss and a master’s degree from Princeton.

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