John T. Woolley

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Office Hours

Wednesday, 2:30-4:00 pm and Thursday, 1:30-2:30 pm

Contact Phone


Office Location

Ellison 3714


American Politics, Politics of Public Policy, Political Economy

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980


Professor Woolley's current research focuses on change over time in the presidency and presidential use of unilateral action, and financial regulatory reform.  He also continues to be involved in research on the politics of monetary policy.  This especially involves analysis of the transcripts of meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee.

He has collaborated with others in work addressing democracy and economic growth, and California environmental policy (activities of watershed management groups). Together with Gerhard Peters, Woolley has developed an extensive and award-winning website, The American Presidency Project(, widely used by scholars and others interested in the presidency and American political history.

In 2005, Professor Woolley was appointed Political Science Department Chair following five years in University central administration as Faculty Advisor to the Provost, Acting Dean for Social Sciences, and Associate Dean.  He stepped down as Chair in July, 2012.


"Persistent Leadership:  Presidents and the Evolution of U.S. Financial Reform, 1970-2007," Presidential Studies Quarterly, forthcoming 2012.

"The Two-Tiered Politics of Financial reform in the United States" (with J. Nicholas Ziegler), in Institutional Change in the Regulation of Financial Markets, Renate Mayntz, ed. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, forthcoming 2012.

The Presidency A to Z, 5th ed (with Gerhard Peters).  CQ Press 2012.  Also 4th ed. 2007.

"The U.S. Federal Reserve and the Politics of Monetary and Financial Regulatory Policy," in Central Banking in the Age of the Euro, eds. Kenneth Dyson and Martin Marcussen.  Oxford University Press, 2009.

State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush. CQ Press, 2006 (with Kolb and Peters).  (Library Journal, "Best Reference" for 2006.)

"Watershed-based Partnerships and Coastal Ecosystem Planning" (with Michael V. McGinnis), California and the World Ocean '02, Orville T. Magoon et al., eds. American Society of Civil Engineers, 2005.

"The California Watershed Movement: Science and the Politics of Place" (with Michael V. McGinnis), Natural Resources Journal 42 (Winter 2002), pp. 133-183.

"Democracy and National Economic Performance: The Preference for Stability" (with Dennis Quinn), American Journal of Political Science 44 (July 2001), pp. 634-657.

"Using Media-Based Data in Studies of Politics," American Journal of Political Science 44 (January 2000), pp. 156-173.


PS 157

The American Presidency (undergraduate)

PS 185

Government and the Economy

PS 215

The American Governmental Process

PS 256

The American Presidency (graduate)