Politics Faculty

Our core faculty bring a wide range of approaches and disciplinary backgrounds to the study of politics. Graduate students may also benefit from working with our affiliated graduate faculty.

Daniel Wirls
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Legal Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-2134
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-459-3125
  • Office Location 117 Merrill Academic Building
  • Office Hours 2017-2018 Academic Year: On Leave. Contact via email for appointment.
  • Mail Stop Merrill Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Politics, United States Politics and Government, Political Science

Summary of Expertise

American politics and political history. U.S. military policy. The Senate and Congress.

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 books are The Federalist Papers and Institutional Power in American Political Development (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) and 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 and a critique of the Senate, with an emphasis on the nature and consequences of Senate representation and procedures.

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