Tammy Frisby

Research Fellow

Tammy Frisby has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University since the fall of 2009. She studies American national politics and public policy making and is currently working on a book about the political history of economic theory and tax politics on the American political Right since the 1980s. At Hoover, she heads up survey design and data analysis for the Hoover Golden State Poll, as well as providing election analysis for Hoover's In Perspective coverage during presidential and midterm election cycles. At Stanford, she teaches American national politics and policy making.

Her research has been published in Policy Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, California Journal of Politics and Policy, and Environmental Science and Technology. Frisby has contributed op-eds to theWall Street Journal, the major Capitol Hill Internet newspaper POLITICO.com, CNN.com, and the Washington Times. Her research has also been featured by The Washington Post's Wonkblog, the UK's The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire. She writes regularly for Forbes.com, where she provides analysis and commentary of current US politics and policy making. She is a frequent guest on radio and television as a political analyst.

Frisby holds an MA and PhD in political science from Harvard University's Department of Government. She earned her BA in political science summa cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

You can follow her on Twitter @tmfrisby.

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Analysis and Commentary

Studies show improving voter education critical

by Tammy Frisbyvia Orange County Register
Monday, November 3, 2014

In this election, California voters have once again been tasked with making public policy at the ballot box.

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What Do Californians Want?

by Tammy Frisbyvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A recent survey reveals that they are more pragmatic than we might expect.

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Analysis and Commentary

Reports of The Demise Of Representative Democracy Are Greatly Exaggerated

by Tammy Frisbyvia Forbes.com
Friday, October 4, 2013

Political polarization is hardly a concept unique to the 21st Century. We've seen this movie before.

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Narrow Margins and Constrained Options

by Tammy Frisbyvia The Caravan
Monday, December 10, 2012

Mr. President:

Looking ahead to your second term, evaluations of your prospects for success in domestic policymaking usually fall between fair (but maybe including the achievement of landmark tax reform or comprehensive immigration reform) and non-existent.

Complicated Roads
In the News

The Politics of Tax Reform

by Tammy Frisbyvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2012

Getting the simpler, flatter, pro-growth code we need

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Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Eureka
Monday, November 5, 2012

Between October 15-30th, 2012, a team of survey researchers affiliated with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University polled 600 Californians about their views of state government, policy choices facing the state, and life in the Golden State.

Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Institution California Poll Released

by Tammy Frisbyvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 5, 2012

One Week Remaining

by Tammy Frisbyvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, November 1, 2012

In this podcast, three political scientists affiliated with the Hoover Institution, David Brady, Tammy Frisby, and Andrew Reeves, assess the state of the presidential race and their forecasts for Election night.

Analysis and Commentary

Public Awareness of Events in the Campaigns

by Tammy Frisbywith Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Rivers, David Bradyvia YouGov
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Overhauling the Budget Process

by Tammy Frisbyvia Washington Times
Thursday, October 11, 2012