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John Coleman, Dean

John Coleman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Photo by Bruce Richter / UW-Madison)John Coleman is dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and professor of political science. Prior to coming to CLA in 2014, Dr. 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 and received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also held positions at the University of Texas at Austin and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

A Massachusetts native, Dr. Coleman holds a Ph.D.
in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in government and history from Clark University. He is author or editor of seven books and his research on political parties, elections, legislative-executive relations, divided government, campaign finance, and American political development has appeared in the discipline's leading journals.

Dr. Coleman's current research explores the relationship between different means of campaign finance regulation and the content of public policy in the states. He has served as an expert witness on campaign finance cases and is frequently interviewed by the news media for analysis of current events.

More Information

State of the College

  • State of the College address, September 2013 by Interim Dean Raymond D. Duvall (PDF) (Summary PDF)
  • State of the College address, September 2012 by Dean James A Parente, Jr.(PDF)
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Office of the Dean

Location: 215 Johnston Hall
Phone: 612-624-2535
Fax: 612-625-5741