Featuring William Howell

Has Donald Trump forever changed the presidency of the United States? Do the rules that previously governed presidential behavior no longer apply? Are new rules being written? In this lecture, William Howell reflects on the various ways in which the American presidency is being reconstituted under President Trump and what these changes mean for democratic governance in the years ahead.

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Event Details

6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Odyssey, and Phoenix philanthropic societies

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Featured Faculty


William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago. He is the chair of the political science department, and he also holds appointments in the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the College. Howell has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He is currently working on research projects on President Obama’s education initiatives, the origins of political authority, and the normative foundations of executive power. He recently published Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—And Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016), which he wrote with Terry Moe, and he is the author or coauthor of numerous other books. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Howell taught in the government department at Harvard University and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin. In 2000 he received a PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Howell has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Bradley Foundation. He has received the Legacy Award for enduring research on executive politics, the William H. Riker Award for the best book in political economy, the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress, the Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book on the American presidency, and the E.E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American politics, among other awards. He has written for a wide variety of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Education Week, and Education Next.