Research/Areas of Interest:

American Politics, Separation of Powers, Presidency, Unilateral Policymaking, Executive Politics, Congressional Oversight


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, United States, 2023
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, USA, 2021
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, United States, 2018


Meredith McLain received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2023 and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina- Asheville in 2018. Her research and courses focus on presidential power, policymaking, and bureaucratic politics. Specifically, her research examines how presidents strategically use unilateral actions to control the bureaucracy, while avoiding sanctions from Congress, the public, and the courts. She teaches Introduction to American Politics, The American Presidency and Executive Branch, and Policymaking Under Separation of Powers among others.