Philip Rocco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Prof. Rocco’s research examines the political economy of policy expertise. He teaches courses on American politics, the policymaking process, and the politics of numbers. Prof. Rocco was formerly a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Policy Institute. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prof. Rocco is completing work on a book manuscript, Madison’s Engineers: How Policy Science Remade Federalism (under contract, Columbia University Press), which will analyze how policy experts reshaped the relationship between the federal government and the states during the latter half of the twentieth century. This book will show how advisory commissions on intergovernmental relations shaped how policymakers understood and governed the federal system. It will also analyze how fiscal austerity and the polarization of policy knowledge undermined federalism reforms. Prof. Rocco is also undertaking a new project investigating the causes and consequences of conflict over analyses produced by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Finally, he is co-editing a book on the politics of the Trump administration, American Political Development and the Trump Presidency (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).