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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Kenneth Mayer

Kenneth Mayer

Expert on the American presidency and presidential powers, legislative redistricting, campaign finance reform, election law and administration and defense policy

Professor, political science; affiliate faculty, La Follette School of Public Affairs Work: 608-263-2286 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Presidential powers, including the constitutional powers of the office, executive orders, war powers, and history
  • Current campaign finance system, history of reform, effects of campaign finance rules on electoral competitiveness.
  • Election administration and legislative redistricting
  • Defense policy, including procurement and acquisition; the base realignment and closure (BRAC) process
  • Australian politics and elections


  • Inaugural Fulbright-ANU Distinguished Chair of Political Science, Australian National University (Canberra, ACT), 2006
  • 2002 Neustadt Award for best book on the presidency, "With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power"
  • 2006 Alliant Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin System