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Graham G. Dodds, PhD

Professor, Political Science


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

Professor Dodds is an expert on United States politics and law.  Originally from Philadelphia, 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 and speechwriter 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.  He is currently completing a book (forthcoming with Columbia University Press) on the presidential use of mass pardons and amnesties.  His book The Unitary Presidency (Routledge, 2019) analyzed the constitutional theory of the unitary executive, which concerns the president's ability to control the people and institutions within the vast executive branch.  And his book Take Up Your Pen (Penn Press, 2013) examined the evolution of unilateral presidential directives, like executive orders.  He has also 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.  


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, a course on the U.S. presidency, and advanced seminars on various topics in U.S. politics, including American political thought, American political development, Congress and the legislative process, and U.S. law and society.  He has also taught at Penn and the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Grenoble, France. 


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

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