Kevin Kosar

Kevin R. Kosar is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the US Congress, the administrative state, American politics, election reform, and the US Postal Service.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Kosar was at the R Street Institute, where he served as vice president of policy, vice president of research partnerships, and senior fellow and director of the Governance Project. He also cofounded the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, LegBranch.org, a transpartisan project to strengthen the legislative branch.

Earlier, Dr. Kosar spent more than a decade working for the Congressional Research Service, where he focused on a wide range of public administration issues. He has taught public policy at New York University and lectured on public administration at Metropolitan College of New York.

His books include Congress Overwhelmed: The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform” (University of Chicago Press, 2020); “Unleashing Opportunity: Policy Reforms for an Accountable Administrative State” (National Affairs, 2017); “Moonshine: A Global History” (Reaktion Books, 2017); “Ronald Reagan and Education Policy” (2011); “Whiskey: A Global History” (Reaktion Books, 2010); “Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards” (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005); and “Bridging the Gap: Higher Education and Career-Centered Welfare Reform” (National Urban League/Metropolitan College of New York, 2003).

Dr. Kosar has testified before Congress and has been widely published. His journals articles include the Journal of Postal History, National Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, PS Journal, Public Administration Review, and the Wayne Law Review. In the popular press, his articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Hill, National Review, The New York Times, Politico, RealClearPolicy, Roll Call, Washington Monthly, and The Washington Post, among others. His broadcast appearances include CNN, C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” and Federal News Radio.

Dr. Kosar has a doctorate and a master’s in politics from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University.