Nicholas G. Napolio is broadly interested in political institutions, bureaucracy, and intergovernmental relations. Specifically, he studies the political ramifications of institutional structures and procedures, and how the vertically and horizontally fragmented American political system enables or constrains elite behavior. Some of his ongoing projects examine state resistance to federal policy, the relationship between state and federal bureaucrats, and the role bureaucrats play in constraining presidential preferences. His research has been published in Politics, Groups, and Identities and State Politics & Policy Quarterly.
- Napolio, Nicholas G., and Jordan Carr Peterson. 2019. “Their Boot In Our Face No Longer? Administrative Sectionalism and Resistance to Federal Authority in the U.S. South.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly 19(1): 101-122.
- Barreto, Amilcar Antonio, and Nicholas G. Napolio. 2018. “Bifucating American Identity: Partisanship, Sexual Orientation, and the 2016 Presidential Elections.” Politics, Groups, and Identities (online ahead of print).
- American Political Science Association. “Powering Federalism: Partisan Divergence and Nonacquiescence to Federal Policy,” with Jordan Carr Peterson.
- Midwestern Political Science Association. “Powering Federalism: State Agency Partisanship and Resistance to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” with Jordan Carr Peterson.
- Southern Political Science Association. “Bureaucratic Federalism and Political Differentiation: Sexual Orientation and the EEOC.”
- Symposium on Southern Politics. “Their Boot in Our Face No Longer? Administrative Sectionalism and Resistance to Federal Authority in the U.S. South,” with Jordan Carr Peterson.