Dr. Jon R. Bond received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research analyzes the policy-making process and the operation of democracy in American politics. Specifically, he is interested in the interactions of American political institutions, especially Congress and the presidency, and how electoral motivations affect democratic responsiveness in American political institutions. He has published more than three-dozen chapters and journal articles on presidential-congressional relations, congressional elections, and public policy, including contributions to the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and British Journal of Political Science, among others. He is co-author of The President in the Legislative Arena (University of Chicago Press 1990) and Promise and Performance of American Democracy, 9th edition (Cengage/Wadsworth 2010, previous editions 2008, 2006, 2000), and co-editor of Polarized Politics: Congress and the President in a Partisan Era (CQ Press 2000) and Institutional Games and the U.S. Supreme Court (University of Virginia Press 2006). He has been an invited speaker at international conferences, including the German Association for American Studies, Frankfurt Germany (1993), and the Conference on Parties in the United States Senate at the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford (2005), as well as at numerous American universities including Princeton University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, among others.
In 1987-1988, Dr. Bond was a Congressional Fellow, working on the staffs of Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Representative Norman Mineta. He has served as co-editor of the Journal of Politics and on the Executive Councils of the Midwest Political Science Association, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the Southern Political Science Association. He served as president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society from 2006-2008, and president of the Southern Political Science Association, the oldest regional political science association from 2006-2007. Dr. Bond teaches graduate courses on Congress, Congress and the President, and congressional elections. At the undergraduate level, he teaches introduction to American national government to large sections of first-year students.