Jack B. Greenberg

PhD Candidate in Political Science | Yale University


I am a doctoral candidate in political science at Yale and a resident graduate affiliate of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. I am chiefly interested in American presidential leadership. My book-length dissertation project concerns “presidential prioritization,” the process by which presidents and their teams determine the domestic policy issues on which they will focus at the start of their administrations. This research has been funded by the Bach Fellowship and the Scowcroft Institute at Texas A&M University. One article stemming from this work has been conditionally accepted at Presidential Studies Quarterly, and another is forthcoming in an edited volume entitled Evaluating the Obama Presidency: From Transformational Goals to Governing Realities (De Gruyter 2024). 

In a companion book project (with John Dearborn of Vanderbilt), I analyze congressional expectations of presidential self-restraint in the context of post-Watergate appointments legislation. Our manuscript is under advance contract with Cambridge University Press as part of its Elements in American Politics series.

Additionally, I am extremely passionate about pedagogy and undergraduate research. I run the Dahl Research Scholars and will serve as the senior essay adviser to the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics this upcoming academic year. I received a Certificate of College Teaching Preparation from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning in 2023.

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