Richard L. Hall is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. His research focuses on American national politics. He has studied participation and representation in Congress, congressional committees, congressional retirements, campaign finance reform, legislative oversight, and lobbying in Congress. He is currently writing a book on lobbying and money in national policymaking and is beginning a study of interest group issue advertising. Rick is author of Participation in Congress (1996), winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize. Prior to coming to the Ford School, he served in a staff role on Capitol Hill. At the Ford School, Rick teaches the core course on the political environment of policy analysis; policy advocacy; the politics of health policy; and the core undergraduate course in political institutions. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.