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John Joseph Sivolella
John is on faculty in the Department of Political Science at Columbia, where he earned a Ph.D. (American Politics). He teaches a senior seminar in Political Science, Political and Legal Influences on Federal Government Agencies, that is based in part on his research. John is also on faculty at SIPA in the fall, where he teaches The Politics of Policymaking in ‘Advanced’ Democracies in the MPA program.
John is a senior-thesis advisor at Columbia, has conducted an independent study course on Voting Rights, and will be conducting independent studies in the spring involving U.S. public policy and constitutional issues. His research concentrates on federal agencies, executive power and constitutional law. He is writing a book on the behavior and influence of federal agencies. As a Teaching Fellow, John was a preceptor for the Senior Honors Seminar and TA to President Lee Bollinger for Freedom of Speech and Press.
John is also a Senior Fellow in Law and Policy at the Pioneer Institute, an independent, non-partisan think tank in Boston. He’s helping lead the establishment of PioneerLegal, the Institute’s public-interest law initiative.
He is a contributor to WBUR’s (Boston’s NPR station) ideas and opinion page, Cognoscenti, where he writes about American politics, public policy and elections. He also provides radio commentary on those topics for WBUR and NPR.
John is a member of the Massachusetts State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He served on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s ‘Better Government’ Transition Team, and was appointed to the Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission by former Governor Deval Patrick. John is a member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University.
John was in private law practice in Manhattan, focusing on corporate and securities law, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. He was legal counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, where he supervised the process of evaluating nominees for judicial and prosecutorial appointments, was the Governor’s senate liaison, and advised on legislation and legal issues pertaining to health and human services law. He also served as a judicial law clerk on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
John received a J.D. from New York University School of Law where he was a member of the Annual Survey of American Law. He earned an M.P.A from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, with a concentration in International Relations. John received a B.A. from Rutgers University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Henry Rutgers (Paul Robeson) Scholar.