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Jeremy Bailey Honors Faculty


Phone: 713.743.3934


Jeremy D. Bailey (Professor) holds a dual appointment in Political Science and the Honors College at the University of Houston. His research interests include executive power, constitutionalism, and American political thought and development.  His current book project is The Idea of Presidential Representation: An Intellectual and Political History. His major publications include James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection (Cambridge University Press, 2015), The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (University Press of Kansas 2013, coauthored with David Alvis and Flagg Taylor), which was named a 2014 “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, "The New Unitary Executive and Democratic Theory," (American Political Science Review 2008) and Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press 2007).

Bailey attended Rhodes College and received his Ph.D. from Boston College, where his dissertation was the 2004 co-winner of the APSA' s E. E. Schattschneider Prize for best dissertation in American politics. He joined the University of Houston in 2007, and, in 2014, he was awarded the University's Provost Core Teaching Excellence Award. He is the director of the Phronesis minor in the Honors College and the co-director of the Tocqueville Forum in American Ideas and Institutions.


Selected Publications

James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

The Contested Removal Power: 1789-2010 (University Press of Kansas, 2013). With J. David Alvis and F. Flagg Taylor

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press 2007, paper 2010)

"Reexamining the Use of Unilateral Orders: Source of Authority and the Power to Act Alone," American Politics Research 42 (2014): 472-502. With Brandon Rottinghaus

"Opposition to the Theory of Presidential Representation: Federalists, Whigs, and Democrats," Presidential Studies Quarterly 44 (2014): 50-71

"Should We Venerate that which Cannot Love?: James Madison on Constitutional Imperfection." Political Research Quarterly 65 (2012): 732-44

"The New Unitary Executive and Democratic Theory: The Problem of Alexander Hamilton." American Political Science Review 102 (2008): 453-65

"Constitutionalism, Conflict, and Consent: Jefferson on the Impeachment Power." Review of Politics 70 (2008): 572-94