Faculty Experts - John R. Johannes, Ph.D.

John R. Johannes, Ph.D.

John R. Johannes, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • United States Congress
  • United States Government: Presidential-Congressional Relations
  • United States Elections
  • Reform of government structures, institutions


Understanding the inner workings of the United States Congress has perhaps never been more important than it is in this era of polarized, partisan politics. Dr. Johannnes' career-long study of the legislative body makes him an authoritative source on legislative initiation, reporting requirements imposed by Congress on the executive branch, congressional constituency service, and campaign finance. Johannes' current interests focus on congressional activities and reform of federal governmental institutions, structures, and procedures, with special attention to Congress and elections.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.A., Harvard University
  • B.S., Marquette University

Selected Publications

  • Hall,. M.L., Keane-Dawes, J. and Rodriguez, A, Embodying the Postcolonial Life, Buffalo, N.Y., Prometheus Books, 2004.
  • Hall, M.L., "Globalization," In R. Jackson (Ed.) Sage Encyclopedia of Identity, 2009.
  • Hall, M.L., "Re-Constituting Place and Space: Culture and Communication in the Construction of a Jamaican Transnational Identity, "Howard Journal of Communications", 2009.
  • Hall, M.L., "Conceptualizing Leadership as Sense-Making: Talking the Walk," The Journal of the Wisconsin Communication Association, 27.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Villanova University: Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science.
  • Marquette University: Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Chair, Department of Political Science; Professor; Associate Professor; Assistant Professor.
  • Harvard University: Visiting Associate/Assistant Professor, summers, 1984, 1976, 1972.
  • Member, Editorial Boards, American Journal of Political Science; Legislative Studies Quarterly.
  • Consultant, Louisiana Board of Regents.
  • Member, Wisconsin Legislative Council Committee on Campaign Finance Reform.
  • Board Member, American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 1998 to present.
  • Peer reviewer for professional political science journals.

Selected Research

  • Money, Elections, and Democracy: Reforming Congressional Campaign Finance (Boulder, Col: Westview Press, 1990), co-editor and co-contributor.
  • To Serve the People: Congress and Constituency Service (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1984).
  • Policy Innovation in Congress (Morristown, N.J.: General Learning Press, 1972).
  • "Congressmen, Perquisites, and Elections," Journal of Politics 50 (May, 1988): 412439 (with John C. McAdams)
  • "Explaining Congressional Casework Styles," American Journal of Political Science 27 (August, 1983): 530547
  • "Determinants of Spending by House Challengers: 19741984," American Journal of Political Science 31 (August, 1987): 457483 (with John C. McAdams)

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