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Graham Dodds, PhD

Professor, Political Science


Office: S-H 1255-5 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5605

Professor Graham Dodds is an expert on United States politics and law.  He holds degrees from Penn, Columbia, and UC-Irvine and has worked as a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and as a Legislative Assistant for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Much of Professor Dodds’s research concerns American political development, especially the U.S. presidency.  His book The Unitary Presidency (Routledge, 2019) analyzes the constitutional theory of the unitary executive, according to which the president can control everything and everyone within the vast executive branch, and his book Take Up Your Pen (Penn Press, 2013) examines the evolution of unilateral presidential directives, like executive orders and proclamations.  He has published dozens of journal articles and book chapters on the presidency, the press, political culture, constitutionalism, political theory, and the use of governmental apologies for political reconciliation, among other topics.  He is currently finishing a book on the U.S. president’s use of mass pardons or amnesties for reconciliation after domestic political ruptures. 


Professor Dodds is an award-winning teacher and often conducts workshops for other professors on how to be a better teacher.  At the graduate level, he teaches a seminar on political leadership and decision-making.  At the undergraduate level, he teaches a survey of western political theory, an introduction to U.S. politics, and advanced seminars on a wide variety of topics in U.S. politics (e.g., American political thought, American political development, Congress, and U.S. law and society).  He taught previously at Penn and the Institut d'études politiques in Grenoble, France. 


Professor Dodds has been interviewed by journalists in major news outlets over four hundred times.  To arrange an interview, please contact Concordia’s Media Relations office at ext. 4880.

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