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Patricia Sykes

Associate Professor Department of Government

Professor Sykes focuses on the U.S. presidency, comparative executive leadership, political parties, democratic theory, and political development. She's the sole author of two scholarly books – Presidents and Prime Ministers: Conviction Politics in the Anglo-American Tradition and Losing from the Inside: the Cost of Conflict in the British Social Democratic Party. She’s written numerous book chapters in texts edited by internationally renowned scholars, and her articles appear in journals such as Studies in American Political Development and Presidential Studies Quarterly. She’s delivered expert testimony before the Committee on Rules in the U.S. House of Representatives and provided political analysis for several news organizations. She’s a past recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lilly Endowment. She’s a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at Trinity College Dublin, a former Visiting Research Fellow at Australian National University and the 2008 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science in Australia. In 2010 the Canadian Government granted Sykes a Faculty Research Grant.
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Ph.D. Yale University
M Phil. Yale University
M.A. Yale University
B.A. Boston College

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