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Thomas Mann
Brookings Institution Senior Scholar

Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. Between 1987 and 1999, he was Director of Governmental Studies at Brookings. Before that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association.

Mann earned his B.A. in political science at the University of Florida and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Mann has taught at Princeton University, the University of Virginia, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University and American University; conducted polls for congressional candidates; and served as an expert witness in the constitutional defense of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. He lectures frequently in the United States and abroad on American politics and public policy and is also a regular contributor to newspaper stories and television and radio programs on politics and governance.

Mann is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Frank J. Goodnow and Charles E. Merriam Awards.

Dr. Mann has written many books, including: The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track with c-author Norman J. Ornstein (Oxford University Press, 2006); The Permanent Campaign and Its Future, co-editor with Norman J. Ornstein (2000); Vital Statistics on Congress, 1999-2000, with Norman J. Ornstein and Michael Malbin (1999); and Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook, with Anthony Corrado, Daniel R. Ortiz, Trevor Potter, and Frank J. Sorauf, eds. (1997).

He is currently working on projects dealing with redistricting, election administration, campaign finance, and congressional performance. He and Norman Ornstein recently published an updated edition of The Broken Branch:  How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Oxford University Press, 2008).

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