Assistant Professor


  • Website:

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  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • American Politics
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Clare Brock (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2017) is an Assistant Professor of American Politics and Public Policy. Brock’s research focuses on the policy process, agricultural policy, lobbying, and money in politics. Her book, Farmed Out: Agricultural Lobbying in a Polarized Congress, considers how polarization impacts lobbying behavior and legislative outcomes in the agricultural and food sectors. In addition, current research projects have focused on subjects such as the relationship between punctuated equilibrium theory and partisan polarization, and on the use of social media by school districts to communicate changes to the National School Lunch program during the pandemic. Brock's work has been published in Policy Studies Journal, Interest Groups and Advocacy, and Social Science Quarterly.



Brock, Clare R. 2023. Farmed Out: Agricultural Lobbying in a Polarized Congress. New York: Oxford University Press.

Refereed Articles: 

Brock, Clare. 2017. “Framing Child Nutrition Programs: The Impact of Party and District Characteristics on Elite Framing.” Social Science Quarterly 98(2): 628–43.

Brock, Clare. 2021. “Partisan Polarization and Corporate Lobbying: Information, Demand, and Conflict.” Interest Groups & Advocacy 10(2): 95–113.

Born, Vivienne, and Clare Brock. 2023. “Writing for Social Sciences and Humanities: Bridge Programs and Improving Graduate Student Outcomes.” Journal of Political Science Education 19(3): 371–85.

Brock, Clare, and Daniel Mallinson. 2023. “Measuring the Stasis: Punctuated Equilibrium Theory and Partisan Polarization.” Policy Studies Journal.

Book Chapters: 

Brock, Clare R., and Bartholomew H. Sparrow. “Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Food.” In The Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States, eds. David L. Leal, Taeku Lee, and Mark Sawyer. Oxford University Press. (November 29, 2023).

Davis, Kathleen, and Clare Brock. 2020. “Nutrition Practices to Grow Healthy Communities.” In Sustainable Community Health: Systems and Practices in Diverse Settings, ed. Elias Mpofu. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 145–99. (November 29, 2023).