Dr Scott Limbocker

​Assistant Professor
American Politics


Dr. Scott Limbocker is an Assistant Professor of American Politics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He also is the Deputy of the Sosh Research Lab. He teaches courses in American politics and research methods. He serves as the course director for SS360, Political Science Research Methods, and directs the American Politics Thesis Program. Dr. Limbocker’s research focuses on the American executive branch and how the heterogeneity of employees within the federal government shapes the policy outcomes produced by agencies. Dr. Limbocker holds a PhD in political science from Vanderbilt University as well as two Master’s in political science.

Ongoing Research Projects

Please contact for the most recent version of the following working papers:
“The Ideological Disconnect between the Soldier and the Political World” with CDT Alex Dolan and Rachel Sondheimer.
“Securing Democracy: How Secretaries of State Pursue Election Security” with CDT Bryce Johnston.
“Staffing the National Security Council: How the Structure of the NSC Shapes Reflects Presidential Administration Foreign Policy and National Security Priorities” with CDT Dean Lagattuta. Under Review.
“The Politics of Civil Servant Turnover” Presented at MPSA 2017, APSA 2017. Under Review.
“Putting Problems Out to Pasture: Geographic Reassignments as a Tool of Bureaucratic Control” with Mark Richardson. Presented at SPSA 2020.
“Insulated from Politics? An Examination of Agency Structure and Employee Tenure, 1974-2014” with Mark Richardson and Jennifer Selin. Presented at SPSA 2020.
“Anticipated Adjudication: An Analysis of the Judicialization of Agency Staffing” with Bill Resh and Jen Selin. Presented at MPSA 2019. Under Review.
“Campaign Contributions of Federal Judicial Appointments 1989-2014” With Bruce Oppenheimer.
“Executive Branch Revolving Door Lobbyists” with Michael Shepherd and Hye Young You. Presented at APSA 2018
“Politics and Tenure of U.S. Political Appointees, 1977-2014.” Presented at MPSA 2018.
“Pay for Performance or Pay for Politics?” With Mark Richardson. Presented at MPSA 2016; SPSA 2019.
“Policy Analysis of the City-Pairs Program” with Kathleen Doody and Andrew Dowdle. Presented at 23rd Annual ATRS Conference.

Publications & Presentations

“Campaign Style: Candidates' Expenditure Allocation Strategies in the U.S. House, 2003-2014.” With Hye Young You. Forthcoming at Electoral Studies.

“Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Turnover in the Senior Executive Service.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. JPART 29.2 (2019) 159-174. With Kathleen Doherty and David Lewis. (https://academic.oup.com/jpart/issue/29/2)
-Featured in Washington Post on the Monkey Cage blog. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/29/trump-cou…)

“The Tools of Agency Control in Rulemaking: Bending the Rules Book Review” Review requested by Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 30.1 (2020) 180-183. (https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muz026)

“Presidential Control and Turnover in Regulatory Personnel.” Administration & Society 51.10 (2019) 1606-1630. With Kathleen Doherty and David Lewis. (https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399719875458)
-Winner of the 2015 Kenneth J. Meier Award at MPSA.

“Special Operations Command and Congress: Improving RFI Effectiveness” with Zach Griffiths and Bryce Johnston. Accepted at the Joint Special Operations University Press but embargoed by SOCOM security review.

“Why Do Bureaucrats Give? Campaign Contributions to Presidential Candidates 2004-2012.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 48.1 (2018): 667-689. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psq.12482)

The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Fundraising and Contribution Patterns in Presidential Elections, 2004-2012. Palgrave Macmillian, 2015. With Joshua L. Mitchell, Karen Sebold, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick A. Stewart. (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9781137432650_1).

“Party Cohesion in Presidential Races: Applying Social Network Theory to the Pre-Primary Multiple Donor Network of 2004 and 2008.” Party Politics 21.4 (2015): 638-648. With Song Yang, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick Stewart. (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1354068813491537)

The Invisible Hands of Political Parties in Presidential Elections: Party Activists and Political Aggregation from 2004 to 2012. Palgrave Pivot, 2013. With Andrew Dowdle, Song Yang, Patrick Stewart and Karen Sebold. (https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137322791)

"The Political Geography of Campaign Finance: Contributions to 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates." PS: Political Science & Politics 45.04 (2012): 688-693. With Karen Sebold, Andrew Dowdle and Patrick Stewart. (https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view…)