Molly Reynolds

Molly Reynolds

Senior Fellow – Governance Studies

Molly Reynolds is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings. She studies Congress, with an emphasis on how congressional rules and procedure affect domestic policy outcomes. She is the author of the book, “Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate,” which explores creation, use, and consequences of the budget reconciliation process and other procedures that prevent filibusters in the U.S. Senate. Current research projects include work on congressional reform, and the congressional budget process. She also supervises the maintenance of “Vital Statistics on Congress,” Brookings’s long-running resource on the first branch of government. Reynolds received her Ph.D. in political science and public policy from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in government from Smith College, and previously served as a senior research coordinator in the Governance Studies program at Brookings. In addition, she has served as an instructor at Smith College and George Mason University.

  • Past Positions

    • Senior Research Coordinator, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Political Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan
    • A.B., Government, Smith College
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