Michael Genovese

Loyola Chair of Leadership

Professor of Political Science

Director, Institute for Leadership Studies 


(310) 338-7379
University Hall 4123

Fall 2015

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Michael A. Genovese received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1979. He currently holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. In 2006, he was made a Fellow at the Queens College, Oxford University. In 2015 he was named President of the World Policy Institute. 

 Professor Genovese has written over forty books, including Leadership Matters, (with Thomas E. Cronin), Paradigm: 2012, named OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP BOOK OF THE YEAR (International Leadership Association), The Paradoxes of the American Presidency, (with Thomas E. Cronin), Oxford University Press, 4th  ed 2013;  The Power of the American Presidency 1789-2000, Oxford University Press, 2001, The Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, Facts-on File, 2nd ed, 2010 (winner of the New York Public Library, “Best of Reference” work of 2004),  Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership, Oxford University Press, 2008,  He has also written a cookbook, Me and Mach: Food Fit for The Prince  (Amazon, Kindle e-book, 2013), Women as Political Leaders, Taylor and Francis, edited with Janie Steckenrider, 2013), Shakespeare’s Politics, (Paradigm, edited with Bruce Althusler, Paradigm, 2014)  Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (Routledge, 2014), and The Future of Leadership: Leveraged Leadership in an Age of Hyper-Change, Routledge, 2015.  His articles and reviews have appeared in the American Political Science Review , The Times Literary Supplement, Public Opinion Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, White House Studies, The Journal of Leadership Studies, and elsewhere.

Genovese has won over a dozen university and national teaching awards, including the Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award  (1995), and the Rains Excellence in Research Award  (2011). Professor Genovese frequently appears as a commentator on local and national television. He is also Associate Editor of the journal, White House Studies, is on the Editorial Board of the journals, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and the International Leadership Journal, has lectured for the United States Embassy abroad, and is editor of Palgrave Macmillan Publishing’s, “The Evolving American Presidency” book series.  Professor Genovese has been The Washington Center’s “scholar-in-residence” at three Democratic national political conventions, and the 2008 presidential inauguration, and served as scholar-in-residence at the 2012 Republican National Convention.   In 2004-05, Professor Genovese served as President of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association. He is currently on the Advisory Boards of The Washington Center, The Center for the Study of Los Angeles, and is the Chair of the Board of the Foundation for International Education, London

The Presidency
Law and Presidential Power
Political Leadership
US and British Politics Introduction to American Government

B.A: St. Mary's College
M.A.: University of Southern California
Ph.D.: University of Southern California