Terry Sullivan received his B.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1980) from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the faculty, he served as an APSA Congressional Fellow, taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and served as a Olin Fellow of Political Economy at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a former President of the Presidency Research Group, an international association of professional scholars interested in the American Presidency. Professor Sullivan also served as Edwards Professor of Democracy and Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he coordinated the institute’s efforts to prepare the presidential transition in 2001. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the White House Transition Project, a multi-institutional project preparing both the major presidential candidates, the president‑elect, and the outgoing president for the transition. In the Bush administration, he served on the President’s transition coordinating counsel and advised on issues related to executive privilege and treatment of presidential papers. He currently serves as Senior Research Scholar and Commissioner on the National Commission to Reform the Presidential Appointments Process. He also advises foreign democracies on transition related issues, his most recent work in 2010-11 with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos.
His main research interests currently focus on the nature of presidential leadership, political tradecraft, and ambition in leadership models. He wrote Nerve Center: Managing to Govern from the White House (Texas A&M University Press) and Procedural Structure: Success and Influence in Congress (1984) and co-editedCongress: Structure and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 1987) and The White House World (Texas A&M Press, 2003). Currently, he is completing Making A Difference: What Presidents Do with Their Time, Trade, and Ambition in Presidential Leadership (Princeton University Press). He has also published research articles in Presidential Studies Quarterly (where he is an editorial board member), Public Choice, Congress and the Presidency (where he is an editorial board member), The Journal of Politics, The American Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review, and The American Political Science Review.