Nancy E. Billica

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

Professional Biography

Dr. Billica earned her BA in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982, her MA in political science from the University of Arizona in 1989, and her PhD in political science from Harvard University in 1997. She gained some of her hands-on knowledge of politics while working as a congressional intern for U.S. Congressman Fortney H. Stark in 1982, and then as a research assistant under Senator Alan Cranston on the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 1984-1987. She received a Mellon dissertation fellowship in 1994 and a National Science Foundation doctoral dissertation grant from 1993-1995 for her dissertation, “Just Leave it to the Courts: How, When, and Why Congress Abdicates the Legislative Power.” In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder (since 1998) and at the University of Denver (since 2008), Dr. Billica has worked as a researcher and consultant with a number of public policy and non-profit organizations focused on environmental, human rights, counterterrorism and health care issues.


  • BA, Social Welfare, policy focus, University of California
  • Ph.D., American Politics, Harvard University, 1997
  • MA, American politics, University of Arizona, 1989