Richard Pious

Professor of Political Science

Barnard College

Richard M. Pious, professor of political science and Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies, taught at Columbia College from 1968 through 1972, and joined the Barnard faculty in 1973. He also taught at York University, Toronto. Professor Pious's teaching includes courses on American politics, constitutional and public law, and political decision making. Professor Pious has been an adviser to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Mission to the United Nations, and he regularly consults for the Foreign Ministry of Japan.

Professor Pious's research in comparative and international politics includes work on Quebec and Canadian politics, the transitions from communist to post-communist politics, and Taiwanese-American relations. He writes research reports for Oxford Analytica, a newsletter for corporate executives and government officials around the world. His media appearances include many foreign radio and television broadcasts, and public service videos promoting voter turnout on MTV. He has been a commentator on Voice of America.

Professor Pious has written widely on American politics and the American presidency. He is the author of several books, including The American Presidency; The President, Congress, and the Constitution; and The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law. His articles have appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, the Journal of International Affairs, the Journal of Armed Forces and Society, Political Science Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has written several books for young audiences, including The Young Oxford Companion to the Presidency of the United States. He is the editor of a ten-volume series of classic editions in public, comparative, and international law.