G. Calvin Mackenzie

The Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government; Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, 1985-1988

Box 5306

Phone: 207-859-5306
Fax: 207-859-5229
Mailing Address:
5306 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Mackenzie, G. Calvin


Bowdoin College
Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

  • American politics
  • American presidency
  • Presidential transition and the appointment process
  • Ethics in government

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GO111 AIntroduction to American Government and Politics
GO211 AThe American Presidency
GO320 AThe Rights Revolution and Its Discontents
GO417 ASeminar: Reinventing America: A Constitution for the 21st Century

Professional Information

G. Calvin Mackenzie holds an endowed chair as The Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of Government at Colby College.��Mackenzie served with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. From 1985 through 1988, he was Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Colby.

Mackenzie's professional work focuses on governance and public policy, with a special interest in the politics of presidential appointments. He has been a frequent consultant to presidential personnel staffs and congressional committees on those matters. During the 1980s, he played a central role in the Presidential Appointee Project of the National Academy of Public Administration, as Project Director and principal author of several National Academy publications including Leadership in Jeopardy: The Fraying of the Presidential Appointments System, Guidebook for the Senior Executive Service, and both editions of The Presidential Appointee's Handbook. From 2000-2003, he was Senior Advisor to the Presidential Appointee Initiative in Washington while serving as Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2002, he was Senior Advisor to the National Commission on the Public Service (Second Volcker Commission).

Current Research


Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Senior Advisor, The Presidential Appointee Initiative Washington,DC

Senior Advisor, National Commision on the Public Service (Second Volcker Commission) Washington, DC


Scandal Proof: Can Ethics Laws Make Government Ethical?

(Washington, DC:
Brookings Institution Press, 2002)
Hardcover ISBN: 0-8157-5402-7

Paper ISBN:0-8157-5403-5

Ordering Information: https://www.brookings.edu/press/books/scandalproof.htm

and Reviews

Innocent Until Nominated: The Breakdown
of the Presidential Appointments Process

(Washington, DC: Brookings
Institution Press, 2001)

Selected by CHOICE magazine as an "Outstanding
Academic Book of 2002"

Paper ISBN: 0-8157-5401-9

Ordering Information: https://www.brookings.edu/press/books/innocent_until_nominated.htm

and Reviews

The Politics of American Government

Stephen Wayne, David O'Brien, and Richard Cole) (New York, NY: St. Martin's,
third edition, 1999)
Hardcover ISBN: 0-312-13775-3

Paper ISBN: 0-312-19094-8

Ordering Information: http://www.wadsworth.com

Other Book Titles

Author, "The State of the Presidential Appointments Process,"
The Brookings Review (March, 2001)

Editor, Special edition of The Brookings Review on
"The State of the Appointments Process" (March, 2001)

"Can Government Be Honest and Effective, Too?" Keynote Address,
Annual Conference of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, March 12,

"Old Wars, New Wars, and the American Presidency" paper presented
at the British Library Conference on the American Presidency, London,
May 13, 2003.� To be published in George Edwards and Philip Davies,
ed., New Challenges for the American Presidency (Longman, forthcoming)


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