Who We Are


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James Wallner

James I. Wallner is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, where he is a member of its Governance Project team and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group.

Prior to joining R Street, James was the Group Vice President for Research at The Heritage Foundation, where he created the Institute for Constitutional Government. James also serves as a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government at American University. Additionally, James is a Fellow at American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

Earlier in his career, James spent over a decade working in senior positions in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of the Senate Steering Committee during the chairmanships of Pat Toomey, and Mike Lee. In that capacity, he served as the principal parliamentary advisor to the chairman and Steering’s 16-member Executive Committee. Prior to this, he served as Legislative Director to Jeff Sessions and Pat Toomey. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives.

James is the author of two books, The Death of Deliberation: Partisanship and Polarization in the United States Senate, published in 2013 by Lexington Books (second edition forthcoming) and On Parliamentary War: Partisan Conflict and Procedural Change in the United States Senate, published in 2017 by the University of Michigan Press. He has also published articles on the American founding, separation of powers, Congress, parliamentary procedure, and the budget process in the Journal of Policy HistoryJournal of Legislative StudiesJournal of Law and Politics,Humanitas, and The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. He is also a regular contributor with the Washington Examinerand Law and Liberty.

James received both his doctoral and master’s degrees in politics from the Catholic University of America. He also holds a master’s in international and European politics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Georgia.

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Casey Burgat

Casey Burgat is a fellow at the R Street Institute, where he is a member of the Governance Project team and the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group. Among other topics, Casey has written on congressional procedure, budget processes and reforms, the history and evolution of congressional committees and their use of staff, and congressional oversight. Casey has been published in The Washington PostWashington Monthly, Brookings Institution, Real Clear Policy,Bloomberg, among other outlets, and has appeared on multiple television outlets, both foreign and domestic, to discuss the inner workings of Congress and the federal government. Casey also leads a monthly Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group meeting on Capitol Hill, which brings together congressional scholars and staff to discuss congressional reform topics.

Prior to joining R Street, Casey served at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on Capitol Hill where he worked within the Services’ Congress/Judiciary and Executive Branch Operations sections. Casey supported CRS senior specialists in creating intra-Congress products and reports on issues of congressional history and reform. Additionally, he assisted in congressional requests concerning issues of congressional capacity, campaign finance, the president’s role in the congressional budget process, and the Congressional Review Act.

Casey is a doctoral candidate in the University of Maryland’s department of Government and Politics where his research focuses on congressional operations and issues of capacity. His dissertation, scheduled for defense in early 2019, focuses on members of Congress’ use, and the impacts of, congressional staffers. 

Casey has taught several classes on the policy process at the University of Maryland, including an experiential course made up of Congress and Maryland General Assembly interns.



Joshua Huder


Matt Glassman

Joshua C. Huder is a Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute. He's taught courses on American government, advanced legislative process, and other American politics courses. He has also provided political analysis to several news outlets, including the Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, Newsweek, Bloomberg News, CNN, the Washington Examiner, U.S. News, Al-Jazeera, Yahoo News.

Prior to joining GAI, Josh worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow. His research focuses on legislative procedures and congressional reform.

Joshua received both his doctoral and master's degrees in political science from the University of Florida. He also holds a bachelor's from Rutgers University

Matt Glassman is a Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. He has taught courses on and off the Hill on American government, congressional process, congressional-presidential relations, and congressional leadership.

Prior to joining GAI, Matt worked on the Hill at the Congressional Research Service for ten years. His portfolio included congressional operations, separation of powers, appropriations, judicial administration, agency design, and congressional history. He was detailed to the House Committee on Appropriations as professional staff for the Legislative Branch Subcommittee in FY2010 and FY2011.

Matt received both his doctoral and master's degrees in political science for Yale University. He also holds a bachelor's from Hamilton College.


Anthony Madonna

Anthony Madonna is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, which is part of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

He received his PhD in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 and a BA from Michigan State University in 2002. His research interests include American political institutions and development, with an emphasis on U.S. Congressional politics and procedure. 

During the 2012-2013 academic year, he served as an APSA Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Madonna was awarded a Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  His personal website can be found at www.tonymadonna.com.


Jason Roberts

Jason M. Roberts is a Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Professor Roberts was an assistant professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Minnesota.

He specializes in American political institutions, with an emphasis on the U.S. Congress. His research interests include parties and procedures in the U.S. Congress and congressional elections. He is currently working on a project that explores the role of ballot type on the competitiveness of congressional elections in the United States.

He has coauthored and co-edited a number of books, including Ambition, Competition, and Electoral Reform: The Politics of Congressional Elections Across Time and Why Not Parties?: Party Effects in the United States Senate. Jason has also published articles on legislative procedure, political parties, the judicial confirmation process, and the institutional development of Congress in Political Science QuarterlyAmerican Politics ResearchLegislative Studies QuarterlyJournal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties,Journal of Policy HistoryAmerican Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of PoliticsCongress and the Presidency, and Politics and Policy.

Jason earned his B.S. in Political Science from the University of North Alabama (1998), his M.A. in Political Science from Purdue University (2000), and his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis (2005). His personal website can be found at http://jroberts.web.unc.edu


Daniel Schuman

Daniel Schuman leads Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund’s efforts on issues that concern governmental transparency/accountability/reform, civil liberties/national security, and promoting an open internet. He co-founded the Congressional Data Coalition, which brings together organizations from across the political spectrum to advocate for a tech-savvy Congress. 

Daniel directs the Advisory Committee on Transparency, which supports the work of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, and is a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. His new website, EveryCRSReport, recently won a ‘le hackie’ award from D.C. Legal Hackers. In 2016 Daniel was named to the FastCase 50 and in 2013 Daniel was named among the 'top 25 most influential people under 40 in gov and tech' by FedScoop. 

He is a nationally recognized expert on federal transparency, accountability, and capacity and has testified before Congress and appeared on NPR, C-SPAN, and other news outlets. He previously worked as policy director at CREW; policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation; and as a legislative attorney with the Congressional Research Service. Daniel graduated cum laude from Emory University School of Law.

Paul Winfree

Paul Winfree is the Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies as well as the Richard F. Aster Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Prior to returning to Heritage, Winfree served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and the Director of Budget Policy, all at the White House. Winfree was also the Chair of the Deputies Committee that oversaw the execution of all domestic policy at the Deputy Secretary level throughout the administration as well as the interagency policy coordination process. During the 2016 Presidential Transition, Winfree led the team responsible for the Office of Management and Budget.

Before joining Heritage, Winfree was the Director of Income Security at the United States Senate Committee on the Budget. At the White House, He was responsible for developing and executing the President’s Executive Order number 13781 to establish “A Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” He has also led several policy initiatives within the administration on welfare reform and the plans for reforming the Federal budget process.

Winfree’s research focuses on public finance (including budget and appropriations policy), health economics, the history of economic thought, and microeconomic modeling. It has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Congressional Quarterly, The Hill, and Morning Consult, among other publications. He was named one of the four "Rising Stars of 2017" in the Trump Administration by Congressional Quarterly, was profiled by the Morning Consult, and was cited in the Washington Post for his "critical role" in uncovering flaws in the ACA risk corridor program and developing a plan to block a Federal bailout.

Winfree has a master of science in economics and economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor of science in economics from George Mason University.