Announcing Michael Bailey, Ph.D., as Interim Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

I hope this finds you doing well.  I’m writing to provide an update on the leadership transition at our McCourt School of Public Policy.  As I shared last month, Ed Montgomery, Ph.D., Dean of our McCourt School of Public Policy, has been named the President of Western Michigan University.  We are deeply grateful for his leadership and service here at Georgetown and wish him all the best as he prepares to assume this new role.

It is with great pleasure that I write today to share that Michael Bailey, Ph.D., has been appointed Interim Dean of the McCourt School. (new window)  He will begin in this position on August 1, 2017.

A member of our faculty for two decades, Michael currently serves as the Colonel William J. Walsh Professor of American Government in our McCourt School and our Department of Government.  A former Chair in our Department of Government, Michael is known for his work in data analytics, the Supreme Court, public opinion polling, and federalism and has played an integral role in the study of American public policy and politics at Georgetown.  He is the author of The Constrained Court: Law, Politics, and the Decisions Justices Make, published by Princeton University Press, as well as two books on statistics from Oxford University Press and numerous articles in preeminent peer-reviewed political science journals.  His research has been recognized with awards from the American Political Science Association Law and Courts Section, the Southern Political Science Association, and others.

Throughout his tenure here at Georgetown, Michael has exhibited an exemplary commitment to our University.  Most recently, he has served as a member of a core group of faculty members who are developing innovative graduate programs in data analytics.  He has also been recognized with numerous academic appointments and awards—in 2014 he was the Hepburn-Shibusawa Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Tokyo and in 2011-12 he served as the John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government and Supernumerary Visiting Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University.  In addition, he has served as a fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Maag Program Fellow at the University of Basel.

Michael received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.
Please join me in welcoming Michael to the role of Interim Dean and expressing appreciation for his exemplary commitment to Georgetown.

You have my very best wishes.

John J. DeGioia