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John Coleman, Dean

John Coleman is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of political science. Before coming to CLA in 2014, Dean Coleman was chair of the political science department and a Lyons Family Faculty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for over 20 years. He received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and other awards for his teaching, research, and academic service and leadership.

Prior to his time at UW-Madison, he held positions at the University of Texas at Austin and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Dean Coleman is a nationally recognized scholar and the author or editor of seven books on American politics and government and over two dozen articles in edited volumes and major journals. His research interests include political parties, elections and voting, legislative-executive relations, divided government, campaign finance, and the intersection of politics and economics. Frequently consulted by both government entities and media outlets for his expertise on American politics, he also has served as an expert witness and consultant on campaign finance, government accountability, and legislative communications.

A Massachusetts native, Dean Coleman earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. summa cum laude in government and history from Clark University.

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Communications From the Dean

  • The Road Ahead address, October 2014 by Dean John Coleman (PDF)
  • State of the College address, September 2014 by Dean John Coleman (PDF)


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