Professor Larry Evans is the Newton Family Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. A specialist in American national politics, he received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester in 1988. In addition to over two dozen articles and chapters in edited volumes, he is the author of two books: Congress Under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority, with Walter Oleszek (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), and Leadership in Committee: A Comparative Analysis of Leadership Behavior in the U.S. Senate (U Michigan Press, 1991, 2001).
With the assistance of a grant from the National Science Foundation, he currently is conducting research about partisan coalition building in Congress. During 1991-93, he served as the staff associate for Chairman Lee H. Hamilton on the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress. In recent years, he has testified about filibuster reform before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and served as the program evaluator for the orientation conference conducted for newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
During 2003-07, Professor Evans was co-editor of the Legislative Studies Quarterly, the premier scholarly journal focusing on legislatures, and in 20011-13 he was chair of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association.