John Mark Hansen
Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Political Science, and the College and senior advisor to President Zimmer, University of Chicago
John Mark Hansen is the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College and Senior Advisor to President Robert J. Zimmer.
A faculty member at the University of Chicago since 1987, Hansen is an expert on politics in the United States. He is the author of two books, Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America (1993, with Steven Rosenstone) and Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981 (1991). He has also written numerous articles on elections, public opinion, congressional politics, and interest group politics in the U.S.
In 2002, Hansen served as the Coordinator of the Task Force on the Federal Election System for the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, a private, nonpartisan committee led by former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter. He also served for seven years as the Chair of the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies, which has surveyed voters in every U.S. presidential election since 1952. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and currently serves on its Council.
In addition to his distinguished scholarship, Hansen is an experienced senior administrator. He is Chair of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago. He has also served as Dean of the Social Sciences Division, as Chair of the Political Science Department, and as Associate Provost for Education and Research. In his current role, he advises the University’s President on critical matters of strategy and development.