Google Scholar Profile: John A. Dearborn



Power Shifts: Congress and Presidential Representation (under contract with the University of Chicago Press, Chicago Studies in American Politics series).

Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and the Unitary Executive (with Stephen Skowronek and Desmond King; under contract with Oxford University Press).




The ‘Two Mr. Wilsons’: Party Government, Personal Leadership, and Woodrow Wilson’s Political Thought,” Congress & the Presidency 47, no. 1 (2020): 32-61.

The Foundations of the Modern Presidency: Presidential Representation, the Unitary Executive Theory, and the Reorganization Act of 1939,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 49, no. 1 (March 2019): 185-203.

The ‘Proper Organs’ for Presidential Representation: A Fresh Look at the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921,” Journal of Policy History 31, no. 1 (January 2019): 1-41.

  • Received Founders Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, Presidents and Executive Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2018

Book Reviews

Review of Ideas of Power by Verlan Lewis, The Forum, forthcoming.

Review of Presidents on Political Ground by Bruce MiroffPresidential Studies Quarterly 49, no. 4 (December 2019): 992-993.

American Imperial Development,” Journal of Politics 81, no. 2 (April 2019): e44-e49 – review essay.



Working Papers

The Political Efficacy of Ideas: Congress and the Institutional Presidency.”

Strategic Preferences and American Political Development: Congress and the Origins of U.S. Federal Tax Policy, 1909-1916.”

The Multiple Traditions of American Exceptionalism in Presidential Foreign Policy.”

In Progress

Book Project on the Politics and Development of the Unitary Executive Theory.

“Presidential Regimes and the Changing Meanings of ‘Equality of Opportunity’.”



Impeachment and American Political Development,” A House Divided, October 11, 2019 (with Jack Greenberg). Also posted at Yale’s ISPS Lux et Data blog.

Impeaching the President: Some Perspective from the Archives,” A House Divided, October 4, 2019. Also posted at Yale’s ISPS Lux et Data blog.

Presidential Representation and Donald Trump’s Reaction to the California Wildfires,” A House Divided, November 12, 2018.

The Unitary Executive Theory versus the ‘Steady State’ in the Trump Era,” A House Divided, September 27, 2018.



  • American Politics
  • Presidency
  • Congress
  • American Political Development
  • American Political Thought
  • Public Policy
  • Archival Methods