John Ferejohn is the Samuel Tilden Professor of Law at New York University. His primary areas of scholarly interest are political theory and the study of political institutions and behavior. His current research focuses on Congress, law and legislation, constitutional adjudication in the United States and Europe, separation of powers, political campaigns and elections, and the philosophy of social science. He was formerly a professor of Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (1972-1983) and a professor of political science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution (1983-2009).
Ferejohn earned his PhD at Stanford University (1972) and received an honorary doctorate from Yale University (2007) and has held fellowships with the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois, and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Pork Barrel Politics (Stanford University Press, 1974) and a coauthor of The Personal Vote (Harvard University Press, 1987), and of A Republic of Statutes (Yale University Press, 2010).. He is also co-editor of Information and Democratic Processes (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990), Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and The New Federalism: Can the States be Trusted (Hoover Institution Press, 1997).