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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 La Follette School of Public Affairs Work: 608-263-2286 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Presidency and presidential power
  • Election administration and redistricting
  • Campaign finance
  • Defense policy
  • Australian politics and elections


  • Author of Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy (11th edition, 2020), with George C. Edwards, III and Stephen J. Wayne
  • Expert witness in Gill v. Whitford (WI legislative redistricting case)
  • 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