Published Work
  • Liu, Amy H., David Leal, Ral L. Madrid, Eric L. McDaniel, Gods’will Osa, Tasha Philpot, Brooke N. Shannon, Zeynep Somer-Topcu, and Chris Wlezien. 2021. ”Normalizing Diversity in Merit Review Forms” Forthcoming in PS: Political Science and Politics.

  • ​Fagan, E.J. and Brooke Shannon. 2020. "Using the Comparative Agendas Project to Examine Interest Group Behavior." Interest Groups and Advocacy. (9) Sept. 2020, 361-372.

  • McGee, Zachary A., Brooke N. Shannon, and Bryan D. Jones. 2020. "Bounded Rationality in Political Science." Routledge Handbook on Bounded Rationality.

  • Brooke N. Shannon, Zachary A. McGee, and Bryan D. Jones. 2019. "Bounded Rationality and cognitive Limits in Political Decision Making." Oxford Encyclopedia of Political Decision Making.


My dissertation The City Agenda is at the intersection of urban politics, agenda setting, and race by explaining how local governmental power and policymaking has evolved over time. The dissertation uses more than 100 years of city council agendas from Austin, Texas to illustrate how the policy agenda evolved to solidify the jurisdictions of local government. Using more than 100 years of city council agendas from Austin, Texas, I find policy agendas evolved to solidify local jurisdiction over land use and other policy areas. Cities are true laboratories of democracy; a century after Progressive reformers won at-large councils to control the economy and racial minorities, the council was again reformed to districts. This time, districts were created to repair the harm done to minorities by the at-large system, guaranteeing representation for Austins African American, Latinx, and the working class.

Other Contributions

I wrote a six-part series on Austin's past, present, and future as a progressive reform city for the Austin-based media project, Urbanitus. Beginning with the dominance of Progressive Era reforms in an at-large city council and a new segregationist 1928 City Plan, the project traces Austin's progressivism through the rise of the university class mid-century, the 1970s "Save Our Springs" movement that embraced environmentalism while selling out communities of color, to the 10-1 plan passed in 2012 that re-introduced city council districts to the city, a century later. The series critiques the city's "Keep Austin Weird" motto, finding a City Hall dominated by the status quo and a city government that is anything but weird (or progressive, for that matter). See Part 1 of "The Progressive Paradox: Austin's Enduring Dilemma" here: