Mark Rozell

Mark Rozell


Mark J. Rozell is the author of nine books and editor of twenty books on various topics in U.S. government and politics including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics, and interest groups in elections.

He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Dean Rozell writes frequent op-ed columns in such publications as the Washington Post, Baltimore SunNew York Daily News, and Politico. He is often asked to comment about his areas of expertise for print and broadcast media.


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Ph.D., 1987, University of Virginia (Politics)

M.A., 1983, University of Virginia (Public Administration)

B.A., 1982, Eisenhower College of Rochester Institute of Technology (Political Science)

Academic/Faculty Positions

George Mason University, 2004-present (Professor of Public Policy, 2004-2016; Hazel Chair 2016- present; Acting Dean 2013-2016; Dean, 2016-present).

Ordinary Professor of Politics, The Catholic University of America, 1999-2004 (Department Chair, 2002-2004; director of off-campus graduate programs 1999-2002).

Associate Professor of Political Science, The American University, 1995-1998.

Associate Professor of Political Science (1991-1995), Assistant Professor (1986-1990), Mary Washington College.

Latest Books

Catholics and U.S. Politics after the 2016 Elections: Understanding the “Swing” Vote. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan Press, 2017 (edited with Blandine Chelini-Pont and Marie Gayte).

God at the Grass Roots, 2016: The Christian Right in American Elections. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017 (edited with Clyde Wilcox).

Religion and the American Presidency. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan Press, 2017 (revised and updated 3rd edition) (edited with Gleaves Whitney).

The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics (revised and updated sixth edition). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017 (edited with Charles S. Bullock III).

The President’s Czars: Undermining Congress and the Constitution. University Press of Kansas, 2012 (with Mitchel A. Sollenberger).

The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics. Oxford University Press, 2012 (edited with Charles S. Bullock III).

Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (3rd edition). Oxford University Press, 2012 (with Michael Franz and Clyde Wilcox).

Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability (3rd edition). University Press of Kansas, 2010.


In Virginia, there’s no rest for the politically weary

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The Virginia House of Delegates, seen here in 2017, will be fiercely contested in next year’s elections.

By Mark J. Rozell Jul 29, 2018
For the Richmond Times-Dispatch

In 2019, all 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs. Lawmakers elected in 2019 will go on to redraw Virginia’s political boundaries for legislative and congressional districts for the following decade.

Next year is one of those Assembly-only election years, and it may be the GOP’s last and best chance to keep or consolidate legislative control in Virginia. Republicans will throw everything they’ve got into trying to regain ground they lost in 2017.

Presuming Democrats wake up and step up to the challenge, 2019 will not be a sleepy off-off election year in Virginia. Don’t get comfortable or complacent.

Women could lead the charge for Virginia Democrats this year

By Mark J. Rozell Jul 29, 2018
For The Virginian-Pilot

IS 2018 SHAPING UP as the new “Year of the Woman” in U.S. politics? And what role will Virginia women play in the competitive congressional midterm elections?

It’s a safe bet that President Donald Trump’s longstanding troubles with women, particularly liberal and Democratic women, will be a major theme in the midterms. Democrats need to flip 24 GOP-held seats to regain control of the House of Representatives, and they are counting on women to lead the charge.


On the First Hundred Days of the Trump Administration

Published on May 8, 2017 

The Looming Battle Over Executive Privilege

Published on Apr 7, 2008

Mark J. Rozell, professor in George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, has written about the use and misuse of executive privilege and how the branches of government share responsibilities. Rozell has written and edited numerous articles and books, including the forthcoming Catholics and Politics, edited with Kristin Heyer and Michael Genovese (Georgetown, 2008), and Religion and the Presidency, edited with Gleaves Whitney (Palgrave/MacMillan Press, 2007).

The Election of 2004

Collective Memory Project
SMU Center for Presidential History


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