Portrait of Michael Uhlmann
  • Degrees
    PhD, Government, Claremont Graduate University
    LLB, University of Virginia Law School
    BA, History, Yale University
  • Research Interests
    American presidency, Executive–congressional relations, Federal judiciary,
    Federal administrative process, National security decision making

Michael Uhlmann has been a professor in the Division of Politics & Economics at Claremont Graduate University since 2002. His research specializations include American presidency, executive–congressional relations, and the federal judiciary—namely, the federal administrative process and national security decision making. In addition to his regular coursework at CGU, Uhlmann teaches in and directs CGU’s Tribal Administration Certificate Program, made possible through a generous grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Uhlmann received his PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University after receiving his BA in History from Yale University and his LLB from the University of Virginia Law School. Immediately prior to joining the CGU faculty, Uhlmann served as a senior vice president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before that, he was a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He had also served for many years as a partner in the Washington office of Pepper, Hamilton, & Scheetz, a large international law firm, where he specialized in federal antitrust and administrative law. Concurrently held alongside his position at CGU, Uhlmann is an adjunct professor at Claremont McKenna College, teaching a variety of courses in the Department of Government.

In addition to his academic career, private legal practice, and philanthropic work, Uhlmann has had a distinguished career in government, beginning with service as a staff and committee counsel in the U.S. Senate and as assistant general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. In 1974, following Senate confirmation, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to be assistant attorney general for Legislative Affairs in the Department of Justice. From 1981 to 1984, he served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and associate director of the White House Office of Policy Development. He directed legal and administrative policy for the Reagan presidential transition in 1980–1981 and chaired the Department of Justice transition team for President-Elect George H. W. Bush in 1988–1989.

Uhlmann has written for many leading newspapers and journals of opinion, including National Review, Weekly Standard, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, First Things, and Claremont Review of Books.

Office Location
Harper East 210

“Taming Big Government.” Claremont Review of Books VII, no. 3 (2007).

“The Supreme Court v. The Constitution of the United States of America.” Claremont Review of Books VI, no 3 (2006).

“The Supreme Court Rules: 2005.” First Things. 2005.

“Administrative Agencies.” In The Heritage Guide to the Constitution 2nd ed. Washington, DC: The Heritage Foundation, 2005.

“The Old (Electoral) College Cheer.” National Review 56, no. 21 (2004): 28.

“The Electoral College and the Future of American Political Parties.“ In Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College, edited by Gary L. Gregg. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2001.

Executive Congressional Relations
Modern Presidency
Special Topics in American Politics
Congress, the Presidency, & the Administrative State