Areas of Expertise (6)
Understanding the inner workings of the United States Congress has perhaps never been more important than it is in this era of polarized, partisan politics. Dr. Johannnes' career-long study of the legislative body makes him an authoritative source on legislative initiation, reporting requirements imposed by Congress on the executive branch, congressional constituency service, and campaign finance. Johannes' current interests focus on congressional activities and reform of federal governmental institutions, structures, and procedures, with special attention to Congress and elections.
Harvard University: PhD
Harvard University: MA
Marquette University: BS
- Member, Editorial Boards: American Journal of Political Science: Legislative Studies Quarterly
- Board Member: American Council on Pharmaceutical Education
- Commissioner: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Select Media Appearances (4)
Congress's 'Historic' Move Forces Trump to Condemn White Supremacy
On Thursday, Donald Trump signed a measure condemning last month's violence in Charlottesville. It offers condolences for the deaths of two state troopers who died in a helicopter crash near the protest and Heather Heyer, who was killed when an alleged white supremacist slammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, injuring 19 others. ... "Getting him to sign it was a trap of sorts," said John Johannes, a Congress watcher at Villanova, "forcing him to back off what he thought was an even-handed condemnation of both sides."
Republicans Are About to Run Out of Time
Back in May, Congress watchers were noting that the GOP's ambitious legislative agenda was in danger of falling apart for sheer lack of time. The situation, to say the least, has not improved. ... "Republicans on the Hill know they have missed the boat on several initiatives," healthcare chief amongst them, said congress watcher John Johannes. "A few are in a mild state of panic." That's likely why we've seen this growing push to cut the August recess, something Congress is usually loathe to do short of a national emergency.
Those who vote early may not be aware of this potential drawback
By the time Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slammed a reporter, leading to a misdemeanor assault charge and an election night apology, many Montana voters had already cast their ballots. ... “In an era where presidential elections sometimes feature an ‘October surprise’ and all sorts of groups scurry to uncover and report scandals and bombard voters with ads just before balloting day, early voting could skew results in a fashion that differs from what would happen if everyone voted on that crucial Tuesday,” said John Johannes, a political science professor at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
Does 'Bridge-builder-in-Chief' Pence have a role in Trump's White House?
The Christian Science Monitor
After joining the ticket in July, Mike Pence played a critical role in uniting congressional Republicans behind their presidential nominee. During the campaign, he regularly appeared alongside moderate Republican legislators and governors, positioning himself as a “bridge” to the Washington establishment Donald Trump publicly scorned. ... “Outside of Biden, I cannot think of a vice president who played a consequential role — or much of a role at all — in working with Congress, let alone a major role in legislating,” writes John Johannes, a professor of political science at Villanova University, in an email to the Monitor.