Thomas E. Mann

University of California, Berkeley
Political scientist; Professional and research institution staff member and administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science

Thomas E Mann earned his B.A. in political science at the University of Florida and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.  He first came to Washington in 1969 as a Congressional Fellow in the offices of Senator Philip A. Hart and Representative James G. O'Hara.

Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association and director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at UC Berkeley, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia and American University; conducted polls for congressional candidates; worked as a consultant to IBM and the Public Broadcasting Service; chaired the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies; and served as an expert witness in the constitutional defense of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.  He has lectured frequently in the United States and abroad on American politics and public policy and also regularly contributed to newspaper stories and television and radio programs on politics and governance.

Mann is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Frank J. Goodnow, Charles E. Merriam and Hubert Humphrey Awards.

Mann's published works include Unsafe at Any Margin: Interpreting Congressional ElectionsVital Statistics on CongressThe New CongressA Question of Balance: The President, the Congress and Foreign PolicyMedia Polls in American PoliticsRenewing CongressCongress, the Press, and the PublicIntensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health PolicyCampaign Finance Reform: A SourcebookThe Permanent Campaign and Its Future; Inside the Campaign Finance Battle:  Court Testimony on the New ReformsThe New Campaign Finance Sourcebook; andParty Lines:  Competition, Partisanship and Congressional Redistricting.   He has also written numerous scholarly articles and opinion pieces on various aspects of American politics, including elections, political parties, Congress, the presidency and public policymaking.

He and Norman Ornstein in 2008 published an updated edition of The Broken Branch:  How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Oxford University Press).  Their next book, a New York Times bestseller entitled  It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, was published by Basic Books in the spring of 2012.  An expanded paper edition followed in 2016.  Mann and Ornstein were named by Foreign Policy Magazine among “100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012” for “diagnosing America’s political dysfunction.”

In 2017 Mann and Ornstein joined E.J. Dionne Jr. in publishing One Nation After Trump.
Last Updated