Alison Holt studies bureaucratic politics and interest groups, with a focus on the interactions that occur during federal rulemaking. Her dissertation, “The Choice to Disclose: Transparency in American Bureaucracy”, uses supervised machine learning to examine public rulemaking documents to classify when and how federal agencies disclose contacts with interest groups during rule or regulation development. Her research places a focus on the tradeoffs of achieving legitimacy or policy preferences federal agencies must make when drafting regulations.

Alison completed undergraduate studies in Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and earned a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University. She has professional experience as a policy and budget analyst for state and local government, as well as non-profit policy research. 

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