I research how interest groups lobby before Congress and the American state legislatures. My book manuscript: The Menu: How Interest Groups Set the Agenda in the American States uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative data to show how businesses and advocacy organizations block and advance issues in state legislatures. The ability to shape which issues receive consideration makes these overlooked groups very influential in the polices produced by these institutions.

At TCNJ I teach American government, Congress and the Presidency, and upper level courses on research methods, data science, political communication, and American state politics. 

Previous to TCNJ, I received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. I was also an APSA Congressional Fellow, serving as the Foreign Policy Fellow in the office of Rep. Joe Kennedy, III (MA) in 2016-2017. 

Alex Garlick

240 Social Sciences Building

2000 Pennington Road 

Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

email: garlicka[at]tcnj.edu