Christopher J. Deering

Professor of Political Science
Monroe 463
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Areas of Expertise

American politics, U.S. Congress, congressional committees, Congress and foreign and defense policy, interest groups.

Professor Deering currently serves as interim dean of GW's College of Professional Studies and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. He has previously served as chair of the Political Science Department, associate dean of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, director of academic planning and development for the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program, and academic director of GW’s Legislative Affairs program. As an APSA Congressional Fellow (1984-85) he served as a legislative aide to Senator George J. Mitchell (D, Maine). He also served as a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Governmental Studies (1977-78). He earned his B.A. (1974) in Political Science at the University of Southern California (1974) and his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979



Professor Deering is co-author of Committees in Congress (1984, 1990, and 1997), co-editor of Interest Groups Unleashed (2012), and editor of Congressional Politics (1989). In addition to a variety of edited works his research has appeared in American Politics Quarterly, Congress & The Presidency, International Political Science Review, Journal of Public Policy, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Publius, and White House Studies.