Annie Benn is a PhD candidate studying American Politics. Her research focuses on American political institutions, particularly separation of powers and policymaking in the executive branch. Her dissertation project investigates the role of discretion and principal-agent dynamics in presidential unilateral action, using both game theoretic and empirical approaches. Annie graduated with Honors from Swarthmore College and holds an MPA from New York University. Prior to coming to Berkeley she worked at the energy and climate nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute.