Zachary Courser is the Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable and a visiting assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He has published articles on the connection between political parties and democratic participation, and is a contributor and editor of the forthcoming volume Parchment Barriers: Political Polarization and the Limits of Constitutional Order. The result of a year-long, multi-disciplinary research project organized by the Roundtable, Parchment Barriers seeks to understand the dynamics of polarization through an examination of conflicts over the American constitutional order.
Prof. Courser has taught political science courses at a number of institutions, including the University of Virginia, Claremont McKenna College, Boston College and Washington and Lee University. In fall 2016, together with Prof. Eric Helland, Prof. Courser established Policy Lab, an innovative new undergraduate course focused on public policy analysis of real world problems in coordination with a DC think tank. He also has taught and researched internationally at Sciences Po Lyon in France, and worked as a senior program director and fellow for the Legatum Institute in London. At Legatum, he served as the executive director of the Wellbeing Commission, chaired by former Cabinet Secretary for the United Kingdom Lord Gus O’Donnell. Commission members included Nobel Prize winning economist Angus Deaton
He has experience working in Washington, DC, both on Capitol Hill and as the interim director of Claremont McKenna College’s Washington Program. He is a regular political commentator on NPR affiliate KPCC's AirTalk program in Los Angeles, and frequently gives talks on American politics.
He holds a master’s and doctoral degree in government from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s in government from Claremont McKenna College. He also holds a diplôme universitaire d’études françaises from the Université Lumière Lyon 2, Centre International d’Études Françaises.