Andrew Rudalevige

Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government

Teaching this semester

GOV 1100. Introduction to American Government

Provides a comprehensive overview of the American political process. Specifically, traces the foundations of American government (the Constitution, federalism, civil rights, and civil liberties), its political institutions (Congress, presidency, courts, and bureaucracy), and its electoral processes (elections, voting, and political parties). Also examines other influences, such as public opinion and the mass media, which fall outside the traditional institutional boundaries, but have an increasingly large effect on political outcomes.

GOV 3035. Presidential Power and the Law

Grapples with current and historical questions of presidential power. Article II of the US Constitution is brief, and vague; the executive power is nowhere defined. How do presidents gain traction against the legislative and judicial (and even the executive) branches? Case studies include a variety of claims made by presidents about their unilateral administrative tools and in the contemporary "war on terror" (with regard to detention, interrogation, surveillance, due process, etc.), as well as the reaction they have provoked from other branches of government, such as Congress and the Supreme Court.

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