Samuel Kernell

Distinguished Professor of Political Science/ Director, UC in DC

In addition to numerous articles in the leading professional journals, Kernell has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books. He is best known for Going Public: New Strategies of Presidential Leadership (3rd edition, 1997), Strategy and Choice in Congressional Elections (2nd edition, 1983), and The Logic of American Politics (7th edition, 2015).  Others include Chief of Staff: Twenty-Five Years of Managing the Presidency (1986), The Politics of Divided Government (1991), Parallel Politics: Economic Policymaking in the United States and Japan (1991),  James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government (2009) and Party Ballots, Reform and the Transformation of America’s Electoral System (2014).


Professor Kernell's research focuses on the American presidency and political history. He is currently writing Veto Rhetoric, an analysis of the impact of veto threats on legislation.

B.A. Millsaps College, 1967
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1975
American politics, the presidency, American political development

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