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Michael Berry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Location: Academic Building 1, Office 3211
Phone: (303) 315-1749
Fax: (303) 315-1780
Office hours:  Fall 2014: TBD. Please email to make an appointment.
Areas of Expertise:

  • American political institutions
  • Congressional policy making and oversight
  • Presidency
  • Bureaucratic administration
  • Congressional and presidential elections
  • Research methodology


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park


My research seeks to answer a series of questions regarding the interaction and competition among the branches of the federal government to affect policy making in a system of shared powers. Specifically, my research examines the institutional resources used by the legislative and executive branches to influence statutory contract design with respect to the federal bureaucracy.

Data utilized for my research include legislative enactments that impose statutory constraints governing bureaucratic action, oversight committee characteristics, instances of presidential vetoes and signing statements, an original data set of all legislative veto provisions from 1932–2008, and interviews with lawmakers, congressional officials, and committee staff. My published work has focused on the legislative veto, presidential veto, and presidential signing statement. I am currently working on a book manuscript on congressional oversight and congressional-executive relations.

Select Publications

Berry, Michael J. 2009. “Controversially Executing the Law: George W. Bush and the Constitutional Signing Statement.” Congress & the Presidency. 36(3): 244–271.

Courses Taught

  • PSC 1101: American Political System
  • PSC 3011: Research Methods
  • PSC 4011: Legislatures and Legislation
  • PSC 4044: The Presidency