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Professor Brendan J. Doherty

Brendan J. Doherty is a Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, where he teaches courses on the presidency, Congress, campaigns and elections, political parties, and American politics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. In 2006-2007, he served as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association.

Doherty is the author of The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign (University Press of Kansas, 2012), an empirical examination of the evolving ways that U.S. presidents handle electoral concerns throughout their terms in office. The book has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Economist, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

His other published work has examined presidential travel and fundraising, the Electoral College, Senate leadership, proportional representation in legislatures, speech restrictions in judicial campaigns, the Marshall Court and federalism, the political participation of dual citizens, and the targeting of Spanish-speaking voters in presidential elections.

Doherty won the 2012 Founders Award for the best conference paper by a Ph.D.-holding scholar from the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section. He has been awarded research grants from the Naval Academy Research Council, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, the American Political Science Association, and the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, his teaching was honored with an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. In 2012 he won an honorable mention for the Naval Academy’s Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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