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Jeffrey Tulis

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Jeffrey Tulis

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Biography

Professor Tulis's interests bridge the fields of political theory and American politics, including more specifically, American political development, constitutional theory, political philosophy and the American presidency.  His publications include The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (LSU, 1981; Transaction, 2010), The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 1987), The Constitutional Presidency (Johns Hopkins 2009), The Limits of Constitutional Democracy (Princeton, 2010) and recent journal articles and chapters on constitutional interpretation, the logic of political change, and the meaning of political success. Four collections of essays on The Rhetorical Presidency with responses by Tulis have been published, most recently a special double issue of Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, (2007), where his book is described as "one of the two or three most important and perceptive works written by a political scientist in the twentieth century."

He has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association.  He received the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. He has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School, and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton University, where he taught before moving to Texas. He has held visiting positions at Notre Dame and Harvard. He has served as associate chair of the Department of Government from 1989-2001 and was acting chair during 1992-93. and for part of each year between 1989 and 2001. During the academic year 2008-09, he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.

Recent publications include "Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure" (with Nicole Mellow), in Stephen Skowronek and Matthew Glassman, eds. Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. His forthcoming books include: Democratic Decay and the Politics of Deference (Princeton, 2012), Legacies of Loss in American Politics , with Nicole Mellow (Princeton, 2013), and an expanded edition of The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 2013). For two decades he served as co-editor of the Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought, and he currently co-edits (with Sanford Levinson) a new series titled Constitutional Thinking, at the University Press of Kansas.

Interests

Political Theory, Public Law, and American Politics

Publications

Tulis, JK (2011), "Plausible Futures," in Dunn, Charles W. (ed.) The Presidency in the Twenty-First Century, University Press of Kentucky.

Tulis, J.K. and Macedo, S. (2010) The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, Princeton University Press.

Tulis, J.K. and Macedo, S. (2010) "Constitutional Boundaries," in The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, Princeton University Press.

Tulis, JK (2010), "The Possibility of Constitutional Statesmanship," in Tulis, JK and Macedo, S (eds.) The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, Princeton University Press.

Tulis, J. (2009) The Constitutional Presidency. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tulis, J. (2009) Impeachment in the Constitutional Order. In J. Tulis & J.M. Bessette (Eds.), The Constitutional Presidency. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tulis, J. & Bessette, J.M. (2009) On the Constitution, Politics, and the Presidency. In J. Tulis & J.M. Bessette (Eds.), The Constitutional Presidency. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tulis, J (and Bessette, J.M) (2010) The Presidency in the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives,  Reissued Classics Series, Transaction Publishers,

Tulis, J and Bessette, J.M. (2010, "Introduction to the Transaction Edition," The Presidency in the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives, Transaction Publishers.

 

 

Tulis, JK, (2009) "The Two Constitutional Presidencies," in Nelson, Michael (ed.) The Presidency in the Political System, Congressional Quarterly Press.

Tulis, J. & Mellow, N. (2007) Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure. In S. Skowronek & M. Glassman (Eds.), Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Tulis, J. (2007, September) The Rhetorical Presidency in Retrospect. Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, 19(2&3).

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