Gregory Wawro

Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Political Science, Columbia University
Chapter Member: New York City SSN
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About Gregory

Wawro’s research focuses on the U.S. Congress, campaign finance, and judicial politics. His work on the filibuster in the U.S. Senate has sought to explain its evolution over history and how it affects the functioning of the institution today. He has testified before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on the history of the filibuster and worked with committee staff in exploring options for reforming Senate rules.


The Past and Future of the Senate Filibuster

  • Eric Schickler

In the News

Gregory Wawro quoted on gun control in the U.S., "On Guns and More, Dialogue of the Deaf in America" Kuwait Times, March 31, 2018.
"A Transparent Filibuster Reform," Gregory Wawro (with Alessandra Casella and Sebastien Turban), Politico, July 22, 2013.


"What the Filibuster Tells Us about the Senate" (with Eric Schickler). Forum 9, no. 4 (2011).
Assesses why the Senate has retained the filibuster despite the major changes in how it is used.
Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate (with Eric Schickler) (Princeton University Press, 2006).
Traces the development of the filibuster, with a focus on how the Senate operated in the absence of a cloture rule (prior to 1917) and how the Senate has been affected by the rise of rampant obstructionism.
Legislative Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives (University of Michigan Press, 2000).
Explains why reelection-seeking members of Congress engage in the arduous, behind-the-scenes tasks of drafting and pushing legislation when there seems to be no direct electoral benefit for doing so.