This has led him to pursue research projects relating to institutional reforms in various contexts, such as reforms to the U.S. Senate, direct democracy and proposed reforms to the Electoral College.
Dr. Cicenia's most recent work examines the puzzle as to why U.S. Senators voted to pass the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which shifted the election of Senators from state legislatures to the general electorate. He is in the process of publishing this project in the form of a book and two journal articles. The book will examine how the Senate developed as an institution from 1878-1912, causing it to eventually pass the 17th Amendment.
Professor Cicenia is also co-authoring a paper with Professor Daniel A. Smith from the University of Florida which investigates why a national system of Direct Democracy never came to pass the U.S. Congress. This study focuses on a specific reform in the 1930s proposed by Representative Louis Ludlow (D-IN) for a national referendum to declare war.
Professor Cicenia's teaching interests encompass the areas of the U.S. Congress, the American Presidency, American political development, political parties and American political behavior.