Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has held the Chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and in 2019 will be the Winant Visiting Professor at the Rothermere Institute at Oxford. His research concerns American national institutions and American political history. His publications include Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 (1982), The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, (1997), The Search for American Political Development (2004, with Karen Orren), Presidential Leadership in Political Time: Reprise and Reappraisal (2008), and with Karen Orren, The Policy State: An American Predicament (2017). Among other activities, he was co-founder of the journal Studies in American Political Development, which he edited between 1986 and 2007, and he provided the episode structure and thematic content for the PBS miniseries: The American President (Kunhardt Productions).