John A. Dearborn

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Dean's Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University. My principal research and teaching interests include the Presidency, Congress, American Political Development, American Political Thought, Public Policy, and Archival Methods. My research is broadly motivated by understanding the relationship between ideas and political authority in America. I explore the role of ideas in changes to presidential power over time in two books: Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and the Unitary Executive (with Stephen Skowronek and Desmond King; Oxford University Press, 2021) and Power Shifts: Congress and Presidential Representation (University of Chicago Press, 2021).

I received my Ph.D. in political science from Yale in May 2019 and my B.A. from the University of Connecticut in May 2013. My dissertation recieved the 2020 E. E. Schattschneider Award for best dissertation in American government from the American Political Science Association and the 2020 George C. Edwards III Award for best dissertation on executive politics from APSA’s Presidents and Executive Politics section.