Christopher J. Deering

Professor of Political Science
Monroe 463
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Areas of Expertise

American politics, U.S. Congress, comparative legislatures, committees, foreign and defense policy making, interest groups.

Professor Deering recently served as interim dean of GW's College of Professional Studies and Dean of the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. He 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).

Current Research

Professor Deering's research has focused on the U.S. Congress, congressional committees, Congress's role in foreign and defense policy making, comparative legislatures, policy making, interest groups, and executive branch politics. His most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Policy, International Political Science Review, and Congress & The Presidency. He is co-author of Committees in Congress (1984, 1990, 1997) and co-editor of Interest Groups Unleashed (2012).


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

M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975

B.A., University of Southern California,1974




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.

Office Hours

By appointment.