Politics Faculty

Daniel J Wirls
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Affiliations Legal Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 117
  • Office Hours Spring 2024: Thursdays 12:30-2:30 (117 Merrill)
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown 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 Senate: From White Supremacy to Government Gridlock (University of Virginia Press, 2021); 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).

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