Thomas Mann

resident scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies

Thomas E. Mann, a former senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, is now a resident scholar at Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. Mann held the W. Averell Harriman Chair at Brookings between 1991 and 2014 and was director of Governmental Studies between 1987 and 1999. Before that, Mann was executive director of the American Political Science Association. Born in Milwaukee, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, and first went Washington in 1969 as a Congressional fellow in the offices of Sen. Philip Hart and Rep. James O'Hara. Mann has taught at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, the University of Virginia and American University; conducted polls for congressional candidates; worked as a consultant to IBM and the Public Broadcasting Service; chaired the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies; and served as an expert witness in the constitutional defense of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. He lectures frequently in the U.S. and abroad on American politics and public policy and is a regular media contributor concerning politics and governance. Mann is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Frank J. Goodnow and Charles E. Merriam Awards. Mann's published works include Unsafe at Any Margin: Interpreting Congressional Elections; Vital Statistics on Congress; The New Congress; A Question of Balance: The President, the Congress and Foreign Policy; Media Polls in American Politics; Renewing Congress; Congress, the Press, and the Public; Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy; Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook; The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; Inside the Campaign Finance Battle: Court Testimony on the New Reforms; The New Campaign Finance Sourcebook; and Party Lines: Competition, Partisanship and Congressional Redistricting. He has also written numerous scholarly articles and opinion pieces. He and Norman Ornstein in 2008 published an updated edition of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Oxford University Press). Their latest book, a New York Times bestseller entitled It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, was published by Basic Books in 2012. Mann and Ornstein were named by Foreign Policy Magazine among “100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012” for “diagnosing America's political dysfunction.”