John A. Dearborn

Assistant Professor of Political Science | Vanderbilt University


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. I am the author of two books: Power Shifts: Congress and Presidential Representation (University of Chicago Press, 2021) and Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and the Unitary Executive (with Stephen Skowronek and Desmond King; Oxford University Press, 2021; expanded paperback 2022). Power Shifts received the 2022 Richard E. Neustadt Award for best book on executive politics from the Presidents and Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association. In 2023, I received the Emerging Scholar Award from APSA's Presidents and Executive Politics section.

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 received 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.