Thomas E. Mann

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Mann, 2011

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Office Location(s): Washington, DC

Brookings Institution

  • About

    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, Dr. Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association.

    Dr. Mann first came to Washington in 1969 as a Congressional Fellow in the offices of Senator Philip A. Hart and Representative James G. O'Hara.

    Dr. Mann has: 

    • Taught at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, the University of Virginia and American University,
    • Conducted polls for congressional candidates, 
    • Worked as a consultant to IBM and the Public Broadcasting Service, 
    • Chaired the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies,
    • 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.

    Dr. 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.

    A few selected publications include:

    He has also written numerous scholarly articles and opinion pieces on various aspects of American politics, including elections, political parties, Congress, the presidency and public policymaking.

    He is currently working on projects dealing with redistricting, election reform, and campaign finance, and writing a book on Congress with Dr. Norman Ornstein.

    Mann resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Sheilah, who is also a political scientist.  They have two children, Ted, an art historian in New York, and Stephanie, a business consultant in Boston.


  • Education
    • University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
    • University of Michigan, MA and PhD (Political Science)