Christopher J. Deering
- Professor of Political Science
- Monroe Hall 477
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
American politics, U.S. Congress, comparative legislatures, committees, foreign and defense policy making, interest groups.
Professor Deering is co-author of Committees in Congress (1984, 1990, and 1997), co-editor of
Interest Groups Unleashed (2013), editor of Congressional Politics (1989). In addition he is
author or co-author of articles and chapters on congressional leadership, committees, legislative
careers, Congress's role in foreign and national security policymaking, state resistance to federal
mandates, the constitutional choices of democratizing nations, and on the language of politics.
Professor Deering recently served as interim dean of GW’s College of Professional Studies
(2018-2020) and before that as its senior associate dean. From 2002 to 2008 he served as
political science department chair and from 1990 to 1994 he was associate dean of GW’s
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. He also served as program director for GW’s
Legislative Affairs Program from 1978 until 1992.
From 1990 to 1998 he served as Director of Academic Planning and Development for the
American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program and on the Robert
Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowships Advisory Board. He has served on the editorial boards
for Legislative Studies Quarterly and Congress & the Presidency. 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. in Political Science at the University of Southern California (1974) and his
M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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.