Andrew Rudalevige

Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government

Teaching this semester

GOV 2001. Watergate and American Politics

The “third-rate burglary” at the Watergate complex in 1972 ultimately revealed broad abuses of presidential power, led to the resignation of the president, and lent a suffix to a wide range of future scandals. Examines both Watergate itself and what it wrought in American politics. Topics include the relationship between the executive and legislative branches in areas ranging from budgetary policy to the war power; the role of the press; governmental ethics, investigations, and impeachment; and Watergate's place in popular and political culture.

GOV 2015. Public Administration

We deal with public organizations every day -- nearly 15 percent of the United States workforce operates within one -- addressing concerns ranging from playground safety to the prevention of international terrorism. Explores how and why this vital part of government works the way it does in the American political context. What do public organizations do? How well do they do it? How are they (and how might they be) managed? How do they distribute resources, and under what constraints? How are they similar to or different from their private sector counterparts? Is red tape always a bad thing? Considering these questions, examines a variety of real-world cases; these might include the Cuban Missile Crisis, the response to Hurricane Katrina, or the implementation of No Child Left Behind. Underlying discussion will be the perpetual difficulty in reconciling organizational efficiency with democratic accountability.

Teaching next semester

GOV 1002. Political Leadership

We talk about political leadership all the time, mostly to complain about its absence. Leadership is surely one of the key elements of politics, but what does it mean? Do we know it when we see it? What kinds of leaders do we have, and what kinds do we want? How do modern democratic conceptions of governance mesh with older visions of authority? Of ethics? Looks both at real world case studies and the treatment of leadership in literature. Offers a wide variety of perspectives on leadership and the opportunities and dangers it presents—both for those who want to lead, and for those who are called upon to follow.

GOV 2005. The American Presidency

An examination of the presidency in the American political system, including the “road to the White House” (party nomination process and role of the electoral college), advisory systems, the institutional presidency, relations with Congress and the courts, and decision-making in the White House. In addition, the instructors draw from their own research interests. For Professor Martin these include presidential-congressional relations, the unilateral action of the President, the role of women as advisors within the White House and in the executive branch, and the influence of outside groups on the White House’s consideration of issues. For Professor Rudalevige these include presidents’ inter-branch relations, with a recent emphasis on presidential efforts to manage the wider executive branch through administrative and unilateral tactics.

Andy Rudalevige arrived at Bowdoin in 2012 after twelve years in the political science department at Dickinson College, most recently as Walter E. Beach ’56 Distinguished Chair. He studies American political institutions, with an emphasis on the modern presidency and interbranch relations.

His  first book, Managing the President's Program: Presidential Leadership and Legislative Policy Formulation, examines the formulation and success of presidents' legislative programs in the postwar era from an informational transaction costs vantage. It was published by Princeton University Press and was awarded the American Political Science Association's Neustadt Prize as best book on the presidency published in 2002. The New Imperial Presidency (University of Michigan Press), examines the post-Watergate growth of executive authority, not least in the "global war on terror," and was described by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., as "a grand sequel for my own The Imperial Presidency." More recently he has  edited two volumes for CQ Press on contemporary presidential politics, with a variety of projects underway seeking to examine presidents' ongoing efforts to control the executive bureaucracy.

You may also find his commentary on ongoing political events and their relation to political science research on The Monkey Cage blog.

From 1989-96 Rudalevige worked in state and local politics -- as a staffer in the Massachusetts Senate and as an elected Town Councilor and appointed charter commissioner in his hometown of Watertown, Massachusetts.  In 2004-05 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and from 2007-09  a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England (home of the Canaries!) In fall 2011 he served as a a visiting professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques ("Sciences-Po") at the University of Lyon, France.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University; Cambridge, MA, 2000
  • M.A., Harvard University; Cambridge, MA, 1997
  • B.A., University of Chicago; Chicago, IL, 1989

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Teaching and Administration

BOWDOIN COLLEGE, Brunswick, Maine
Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government and Legal Studies, July 2012-present

DICKINSON COLLEGE, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Walter E. Beach ’56 Distinguished Chair in Political Science, July 2008-June 2012
Associate Professor of Political Science (with tenure), July 2004-June 2012;
Department Chair, 2006-07
Assistant Professor of Political Science, July 2000 - June 2004

Visiting Professor, Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po Lyon), Fall 2011.

Visiting Professor and Director, Dickinson Humanities Program, London and Norwich, England, July 2007-July 2009
Resident director and professor for Dickinson students studying in the United Kingdom, with responsibility for program, budget, and administration, as visiting member of UEA’s School of American Studies.
Visiting professor of American politics in UEA’s School of Political, Social, and International Studies.

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, September 2004-June 2005.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Assistant Senior Tutor and Tutor in Government, Lowell House, September 1997 - June 2000
Assistant Head Tutor and Teaching Fellow, Department of Government, September 1996 - June 1999
Three-time winner of university citation for undergraduate teaching excellence; in-residence administrator and adviser in 400-student undergraduate dormitory; academic counselor to undergraduate departmental concentrators