Daniel Wirls

DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPolitics Department
AffiliationsLegal Studies
Office117 Merrill Academic Building
Office HoursWinter 2015: Tuesdays 2:30-5:00 and by appointment
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

Daniel Wirls’ research interests range across American politics, institutions, public policy, and political history. He has published work on the founding period and the early Senate, antebellum representation in the Senate and House, the Seventeenth Amendment, Cold War and post-Cold War military policy, and contemporary political transformations. His most recent book is Irrational Security: The Politics of Defense from Reagan to Obama, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. He is currently working on an analysis of national security as a policy arena, a critique of the Senate, with an emphasis on the nature and consequences of Senate representation and procedures, and an book on the Federalist Papers' theory of institutional power.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A. Haverford College, 1982
PhD Cornell University, 1988
Congressional Fellow, American Political Science Association, 1993-4.

Teaching Interests

Congress, the President, and Court in American Political Development
The Politics and Policies of American Defense
Congress: Representation and Legislation
American Political Development
Politics: Power, Principle, Process, and Policy