Stephen Skowronek

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Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political Science and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies


Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University.  In 2019, he served as the Wynant Visiting Professor at the Rothermere American Institute, Balliol College Oxford.  He has also been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and he has held the Chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His research concerns American national institutions and American political development. His publications include The Policy State: An American Predicament (2017, with Karen Orren), Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 (1982),  The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton , (1997), The Search for American Political Development (2004, with Karen Orren), and Presidential Leadership in Political Time: Reprise and Reappraisal (third edition 2020). Among other activities, he was co-founder of the journal Studies in American Political Development, which he edited between 1986 and 2007, and he provided the episode structure and thematic content for the PBS miniseries: The American President (Kunhardt Productions).


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  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1979

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