The Paradox of the Presidency

Article II of the US Constitution covers the Presidency. The Founding Fathers were very wary of giving too much power to a chief executive, yet today it is de facto the most powerful branch. In this talk we will explore the “Paradox of the Presidency” and how the Constitution, partisanship and the American public enabled its growth. We will also examine the mechanisms of impeachment and how the American public can either check or embolden presidential power.


Dr. Kyle T. Kattelman received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 2013. He has been an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University since the Fall of 2015, having served previously as a Mizzou Advantage Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration at Mississippi State University. He teaches a wide variety of courses at Fairleigh Dickinson, including Terrorism, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and American Government. His main research interests concern national security, terrorism and counterterrorism, and coalition stability. Recent publications include work on the success of coalitions in the War on Terror and cooperation over participation in counterterrorist endeavors. He also researches in American politics and publishes work on the effects of state legislatures on interest group dynamics.


Free and Open to the Public. Walk-Ins Welcome.
Suggested Donation is $10. Donations are tax-deductible.


February 28, 2020 at 10:30am - 12:30pm


Teaneck Library
840 Teaneck Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
United States
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