B. Dan Wood's Portrait

B. Dan Wood

Professor of Political Science

College of Liberal Arts


Wood's area of expertise is the American presidency, especially as it pertains to party polarization in the American system.

His research focuses on the concept of democratic responsiveness of American political institutions, with particular focus on the presidency and executive branch. Past work has also examined bureaucracies, Congress, the Supreme Court, the mass media, and public opinion.

Recent publications include three books with Cambridge University Press entitled "Party Polarization in America: The War Over Two Social Contracts" (2017), "Presidential Saber Rattling: Causes and Consequences" (2012) and "The Myth of Presidential Representation" (recipient of the 2010 Richard Neustadt Award), an article in the American Journal of Political Science entitled “Presidential Saber Rattling and the Economy,” and an article in the Journal of Politics entitled “Explaining the President’s Issue-Based Rhetoric: Pandering, Partisanship, or Pragmatism.” Wood also authored a 2007 book with Princeton University Press entitled "The Politics of Economic Leadership: Causes and Consequences of Presidential Rhetoric."