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Randolph-Macon College
American government, U.S. Senate, filibuster, U.S. Supreme Court, judicial nominations, presidential appointments
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About Me

Lauren C. Bell is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Academic Affairs at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia. Dr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Masters of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. She is a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1997-98) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and a former United States Supreme Court fellow (2006-07) at the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bell is the author of Filibustering in the U.S. Senate (Cambria Press, 2011), Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation (The Ohio State University Press, 2002) and The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005) as well as co-author of Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2015) and Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach (Allyn & Bacon, 2008).

In addition to these books, Bell has published single- and co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, The Journal of Legislative Studies, The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Judicature; previously, she served on the editorial board of Justice System Journal. Her work has also appeared in or been cited by The New York Times,, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The National Journal, The Huffington Post, Foreign, Wisconsin Public Radio, Share Radio (London), the Canadian Press, the London School of Economics and Political Science’s American Politics and Policy Blog and The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Recent Publications
  1.  Slingshot: The Defeat of Eric Cantor. Congressional Quarterly Press. (With R. Keith Gaddie and David Elliot Meyer). 2015. 
  2. Filibustering in the U.S. Senate. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press. 2011.
  1. “Going Nuclear Will Make Things Worse: Nixing the Filibuster Will Deepen Senate Partisanship.” In U.S. News and World Report (online edition). April 6, 2017. Available online at:
  2. “Why blocking Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination may be damaging for Democrats in the long term.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog, February 2, 2017. Available online at:
  3. “The stakes are high in the looming fight to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog, February 15, 2016. Available online at: Reposted by Newsweek as “Replacing Scalia: Conservatives Have More to Lose by Delay” at:, February 16, 2016.
  4. “Nuclear Fallout: Limiting the Filibuster has Led to More Delays.” London School of Economics and Political Science American Politics and Policy Blog, November 24, 2015. (With John D. Rackey). Available online at:
Media Coverage

‘Vote no on everything!’: How U.S. Democrats are undergoing a Tea Party moment

Why Senators Filibuster


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