Shirley Anne Warshaw

SAW photoShirley Anne Warshaw is Professor of Political Science and previously the inaugural director of the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She 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 the Gettysburg College 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 journal 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: The Engine of Government (2013).  Her research focuses on the domestic and international policy implications of decision structures in the White House.

She has been a consultant to PBS, involved with the presidential debates, and 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, commentator on radio and television on presidential leadership. She has worked with the BBC, 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 other media outlets for commentary on issues surrounding elections and presidential leadership. 

Dr. Warshaw is the editor of the Stanford University Press series on the presidency and is an editorial consultant for a variety of research journals and a regular reviewer for several publishing houses.