Political Science

Shirley Anne Warshaw


Political Science



Campus Box 0406


Glatfelter Hall
Room 313 C
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

Shirley Anne Warshaw, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study, received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, MGA from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Gettysburg's faculty, Dr. Warshaw worked in Pennsylvania state government and served in the Governor's Office under two governors. Dr. Warshaw has written ten books on presidential decision making and numerous book chapters and articles. Her books include The Clinton Years (2004), The Keys to Power: Managing the Presidency (2004 second edition, 1999 first edition), The Domestic Presidency: Decision Making in the White House (1997), Powersharing: White House-Cabinet Relations in the Modern Presidency (1996), Reexamining the Eisenhower Presidency (1994), The Eisenhower Legacy (1992), The Co-Presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (2009) and The White House Staff (2013). Her research focuses on organizational decision structures for presidential decision making. 

She has been a consultant to PBS, involved with the presidential debates, and served on the Council of Scholars for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. She served on the 2000 and 2008 Pew Transition Projects for structuring the White House staff (with a focus on the chief of staff's office). Dr. Warshaw is a frequent speaker on National Public Radio, guest columnist, and commentator on radio and television on presidential leadership. She has worked with the BBC, SkyNews, CNN, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN, National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, the Hearst Newspapers, Cox Newspapers, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Gannett Newspapers (particularly USA Today), Newhouse Newspapers, New York Times, Washington Post, and a host of others for commentary on issues surrounding presidential leadership.

Dr. Warshaw has served on the Board of Directors of the Finnegan Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Political Science Association, and the Board of Directors of Pi Sigma Alpha of the American Political Science Association. She is an editorial consultant for a variety of research journals, a regular reviewer for several publishing houses, and is the presidency series editor for Stanford University Press. Her professional affiliations include the Academy of Political Science and the American Political Science Association, among other organizations. Dr. Warshaw is married to an attorney and has three children: a professional soccer player now working for Major League Soccer as an analyst, a professor of political science at George Washington University (JD/PhD), and a bankruptcy attorney in Orange County, California.