Alexandra G. Cockerham
Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Alexandra G. Cockerham, and I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida State University in the Department of Political Science. My research interests center on executive power, with an eye toward the limitations that institutions impose on directly elected executives. Elected by either national or state-wide constituencies, public expectations of presidents and governors often exceed what formal powers would alone permit, and the formal separation of legislative power often frustrates executives policy agendas. Though most extant research focuses on a single national-level context, limiting our understanding of how variable institutional arrangements shape executive power, my research is explicitly comparative in nature, focusing on both the US states and presidential democracies.