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Graham G. Dodds, PhD

Professor, Political Science


Graham G. Dodds, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5605

Professor Dodds is an expert on the politics of the United States.  Originally from Philadelphia, he holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, 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 regarding the U.S. presidency.  His book Mass Pardons in America (Columbia, 2021) explores the presidential use of amnesties after domestic rebellions.  His book The Unitary Presidency (Routledge, 2019) analyzes the constitutional theory of the unitary executive, which concerns the president's ability to control the executive branch.  And his book Take Up Your Pen (Penn Press, 2013) examines 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, political theory, and the use of governmental apologies for political reconciliation, among other topics.  


Professor Dodds is an award-winning teacher and has conducted 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 American politics, a course on the U.S. presidency, and advanced seminars on topics such as American political thought, American political development, Congress and the legislative process, and law and society in the U.S.  He has also taught at Penn and the Institut d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Grenoble, France. 


Professor Dodds has been interviewed nearly five hundred times by journalists in major news outlets, from the Washington Post to national TV and radio.  To request an interview, please contact Concordia’s Media Relations office.

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