Shirley Anne Warshaw featured on The Best of Our Knowledge

BobBarrettAs always, host Bob Barrett selects an Academic Minute to air during The Best of Our Knowledge.

Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.

For this week‘s edition (#1270), Bob has selected Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw’s segment on presidential actions. Professor of political science at Gettysburg College, Dr. Warshaw’s segment focuses on the use and politicization of executive orders.



Shirley Anne Warshaw is Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College, and currently serves as the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, MGA from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Gettysburg College faculty, Dr. Warshaw worked in Pennsylvania state government and served in the Governor’s Office under two governors. Dr. Warshaw has written seven books on presidential decision making and numerous book chapters and articles. Her books include The Clinton Years (2004), The Keys to Power: Managing the Presidency (2004 second edition, 1999 first edition), The Domestic Presidency: Decision Making in the White House (1997), Powersharing: White House-Cabinet Relations in the Modern Presidency (1996), Reexamining the Eisenhower Presidency (1994), The Eisenhower Legacy (1992), and most recently, The Co-Presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (Stanford University Press 2009). She is currently writing an 800-page book on the evolution of the White House staff. Her research focuses on organizational decision structures for presidential decision making.

She has been a consultant to PBS, involved with the presidential debates, and serves on the Council of Scholars for the Center for the Study of the Presidency. She served on the 2000 and 2008 Pew Transition Projects for structuring the White House staff (with a focus on the chief of staff’s office). Dr. Warshaw is a frequent speaker on National Public Radio, guest columnist, and commentator on radio and television on presidential leadership. She has worked with the BBC, CNN, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN, National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, the Hearst Newspapers, Cox Newspapers, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Gannett Newspapers (particularly USA Today), Newhouse Newspapers, New York Times, Washington Post, and a host of others for commentary on issues surrounding presidential leadership.

Dr. Warshaw serves on the Board of Directors of the Finnegan Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Political Science Association, and the Board of Directors of Pi Sigma Alpha of the American Political Science Association. She is an editorial consultant for a variety of research journals and a regular reviewer for several publishing houses. Her professional affiliations include the Academy of Political Science and the American Political Science Association, among other organizations. Dr. Warshaw is married to a lawyer and has three children: one in college (Stanford University), one in law school/Ph.D. political science (Stanford University), and practicing law in Orange County, California.

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