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  Daniel J Wirls

Daniel J Wirls




Social Sciences Division

Politics Department



Legal Studies

Regular Faculty

United States Politics and Government
Political Science

Merrill College Academic Building

Spring 2024: Thursdays 12:30-2:30 (117 Merrill)

Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

B.A. Haverford College, 1982
PhD Cornell University, 1988
Congressional Fellow, American Political Science Association, 1993-4.

American politics and political history. U.S. military policy. The Senate and Congress.

Daniel Wirls’ research interests range across American politics, institutions, public policy, and political history. He has published work on the founding period and the early Senate, antebellum representation in the Senate and House, the Seventeenth Amendment, Cold War and post-Cold War military policy, and contemporary political transformations. His most recent books are The Senate: From White Supremacy to Government Gridlock (University of Virginia Press, 2021); The Federalist Papers and Institutional Power in American Political Development (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) and Irrational Security: The Politics of Defense from Reagan to Obama (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

Congress, the President, and Court in American Political Development
The Politics and Policies of American Defense
Congress: Representation and Legislation
American Political Development
Politics: Power, Principle, Process, and Policy

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