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Department of Political Science

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333 Commons Center

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment.


Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University

M.A., Political Science, Stanford University

M.A., Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder


American Politics

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Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI)


Presidency; Public Administration; Bureaucracy

Curriculum Vitae

David E. Lewis


William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair
Professor of Law (by courtesy)

David E. Lewis is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include the presidency, executive branch politics, and public administration. He is the author of two books, Presidents and the Politics of Agency Design (Stanford University Press, 2003) and The Politics of Presidential Appointments: Political Control and Bureaucratic Performance (Princeton University Press, 2008). He has also published numerous articles on American politics, public administration and management in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Before joining Vanderbilt’s Department of Political Science, he was assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, where he was affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, from 2002-08. He began his academic career at the College of William and Mary, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Government from 2000-02. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Ph.D. Stanford University.



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