Mitchel Sollenberger, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science; Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Integrative Learning
Mitchel Sollenberger
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Social Sciences
3095 College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building | 4901 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, MI 48128

Teaching Areas:

Master of Public Administration and Policy, Political Science

Research Areas:

Branches of American Government, Obama Administration, Politics / Political Science

Biography and Education


PhD Institution: Politics, Catholic University, 2006

Teaching and Research

Courses Taught

Selected Publications



  • “Presidential Studies, Behavioralism, and Public Law,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 44, Dec. 2014
  • “The Origins and Development of Executive Branch Czars,” Journal of Policy History, vol. 25, Fall 2013 (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “Obama’s Executive Branch Czars: The Constitutional Controversy and a Legislative Solution,” Congress & the Presidency, vol. 29, Jan.-April 2012 (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “Prerogative Power and Executive Branch Czars: President Obama’s Signing Statement,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 41, December 2011 (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “The Blue Slip: A Theory of Unified and Divided Government,” Congress & the Presidency, vol. 37, May-August 2010
  • “Statutory Qualifications on Appointments: Congressional and Constitutional Choices,” Public Administration Quarterly, vol. 34, Summer 2010

Book Chapters: 

  • “The Power to Advise and Consent,” in Brien Hallett, ed., The Powers of U.S. Congress: Where Constitutional Authority Begins and Ends (ABC-CLIO, 2016)
  • “Presidential and Congressional Relations: An Evolution of Military Appointments,” in Colton Campbell and David Auerswald eds., Congress and Civil-Military Relations (Georgetown University Press, 2015)
  • “Resolved, Presidential ‘Czars’ Undermine Congress and the Constitution,” in Richard J. Ellis and Michael Nelson, eds., Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive (CQ Press 2014) (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “The Unitary Executive Theory and the Bush Legacy” in Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush, Donald R. Kelley and Todd G. Shields, eds. (Texas A&M University Press, 2013) (With Mark J. Rozell)

Opinion Pieces: 

  • “Open all the Trump visitor logs, starting with the White House.” USA Today, Aug. 1, 2017 (With Mark J. Rozell).
  • “Mr. President: Cooperation with Russian Investigation is your best Play,” The Hill, May 26, 2017 (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “Presidential Secrecy and Transparency in the Age of Trump.” The Hill, Jan. 17, 2017 (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “Policy Czars Already Have Too Much Power. Trump Would Make That Worse.” Washington Post: In Theory, March 30, 2016 (With Mark. J. Rozell)
  • “Taking Executive Privilege Too Far,” The Hill, Feb. 16, 2016 (With Mark J. Rozell)
  • “Why Congress Needs to Keep Up Heat on Clinton Emails,” The Hill, March 20, 2015 (with Mark J. Rozell)
  • “Obama: The Art of Disguised Unilateralism,” The Hill, Dec. 23, 2014 (with Mark J. Rozell)

Awards and Recognition

Distinguished Research Award, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2012