John C. Fortier

AEI Adjunct Scholar

John Fortier is the principal contributor to the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission. A political scientist who has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, Boston College, and Harvard University, Mr. Fortier has written numerous scholarly and popular articles. His books include Second-Term Blues: How George W. Bush Has Governed (Brookings Institution Press, 2007); Absentee and Early Voting: Trends, Promises, and Perils (AEI Press, 2006); and  After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College (AEI Press, 2004). Mr. Fortier writes a column for Politico and is a frequent radio and television commentator on the presidency, Congress, and elections.


  • Executive Director, Continuity of Government Commission, 2002-present
  • Member, Presidency Research Career Service Award Committee, American Political Science Association, 2004
  • Project Manager, Transition to Governing Project, AEI, 1998-2003
  • Participant, National Election Initiative, Constitution Project, 2001-2002
  • Teaching Positions, University of Pennsylvania, 2004-2005; University of Delaware, 1995-96; Boston College, 1992-94; Harvard University, 1993
  • Research Associate, Worcester Municipal Research Bureau, 1997-98


Ph.D., Boston College
B.A., Georgetown University