Melinda N. Ritchie is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and holds a B.A. from the Department of Government from Smith College. Before joining UCR, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for a member of Congress.
She specializes in American politics, and her recent research focuses on the United States Congress, federal bureaucracy, interbranch relations, and public policy. Her current projects examine the backdoor communication between members of Congress and federal agencies and how legislators influence policies through their interactions with the bureaucracy. Her research has appeared in Political Behavior and the Journal of Politics.