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Dr. Tracy  Roof
Dr. Tracy Roof
Associate Professor of Political Science

Tracy Roof is Associate Professor of Political Science.  She received an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale (1992) and PhD in Political Science (2003) from Johns Hopkins University.  She held an American Association of Political Science congressional fellowship working on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and in the office of Senator Tom Harkin (2001-2002).  Her first book was American Labor, Congress, and the Welfare State: 1935-2010 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).  She is currently writing a book on the political history of the food stamps program.


American Labor, Congress, and the Welfare State, 1935-2010, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011


“Can the Democrats Deliver for the Base? Partisanship, Group Politics, and the Case of Organized Labor in the 110th Congress.” PS: Political Science & Politics 41 (January 2008): 83-87.

“CTW vs. the AFL-CIO: the Impact of the Split on Labor’s Political Action.” International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior 10 (Summer 2007): 245-275.

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Yale University
Contact Information
202-O Weinstein Hall
(804) 287-6044
(804) 289-6044 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
American political institutions
Legislative process
Public policy
Organized labor
Interest groups