William Howell

William Howell

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: Political Science

Competition: US & Canada

William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago, where he holds appointments in the Harris School of Public Policy, political science department, and College.

The director of the Center for Effective Government and co-host of Not Another Politics Podcast,  William has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency.

Among other titles, his books include: Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy (University of Chicago, 2020); The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013);  While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (Princeton University Press, 2007); and Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (Princeton University Press, 2003).

William is a member of the American Academy of Arts and recipient of the Legacy Award for enduring research on executive politics, the William Riker award for the best book in political economy, the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress, and Richard Neustadt award for the best book on the American presidency. William previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin. In 2000, he received a PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Photo Credit: Jean Lachet

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