Ian Ostrander

Assistant Professor
Office: 345 S. Kedzie
Phone: 517-355-1881


Ian Ostrander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He joined MSU in the summer of 2016 after working for three years as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech. In 2013 Ian received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis while also serving as a 2012-2013 APSA Congressional Fellow in working for Senator Claire McCaskill’s office in Washington, D.C.

Ian’s research and teaching interests primarily concern American political institutions with a particular emphasis on the U.S. presidency, Congress, bureaucracy, and the interaction of all three. Specifically, his research has focused on the use of presidential signing statements, strategic delay in the executive nominations process, the development of Senate procedure, and the importance of congressional staff.

Recent Publications

2016 Ostrander, Ian. “The Logic of Collective Inaction: Senatorial Delay in Executive Nominations,” American Journal of Political Science, 60(4): 1063-1076.

2016 Nelson, Michael and Ian Ostrander. “Keeping Appointments: The Politics of Confirming United States Attorneys,” Justice System Journal, 37(3): 211-231.

2015 Ostrander, Ian. “Powering Down the Presidency: The Rise and Fall of Recess Appointments.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, 45(3):558-572.


2014 Ostrander, Ian and Joel Sievert. “Presidential Signing Statements and the Durability of the Law” Congress & The Presidency, 41(3): 362-383.

2013 Smith, Steven S., Ian Ostrander, and Christopher Pope. “Majority Party Power and Procedural Motions in the U.S. Senate” Legislative Studies Quarterly, 38(2): 205-236.

2013 Ostrander, Ian and Joel Sievert. “What’s So Sinister About Presidential Signing Statements?” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 43(1): 58-80.

2013 Ostrander, Ian and Joel Sievert. “The Logic of Presidential Signing Statements.” Political Research Quarterly, 66(1): 140-152.

2012 Ostrander, Ian and William R. Lowry. “Oil Crises and Policy Continuity: A History of Failure to Change.” Journal of Policy History, 24(3): 384-404.