The PRG is the premier association of scholars devoted to the study of the
presidency and executives. To that end, it welcomes diverse theoretical
perspectives, analytical techniques, and data sources as they contribute to
the advancement of scholarship and teaching. It also invites the
contributions and perspectives of other disciplines.
The PRG supports the development of professional research on the Presidency. Its members
provide the basic analysis necessary to understand issues
affecting presidential governance, including executive privilege, national
and congressional leadership, and White House operations. The Presidency
Research Group also sponsors public understanding of the presidency by
lending its professional judgment to issues of the day involving
scholarship, the functioning of the National Archives and its
presidential library system, and the proper functioning of the Executive
Branch. Its membership also assists in the development funding for basic as
well as applied research involving presidential governance, White House
operations, and leadership.
Membership Registration and Services
Researchers on the presidency are welcomed and encouraged to register with
the PRG. Registration fees are $10.00 and entitle members to a subscription
to PRG Report, the Group's newsletter,
and regular communications through our PRG List Service. The PRG is an
organized section of the American
Political Science Association (APSA), which holds the Membership list.
Prospective new or renewing members should navigate from
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Membership. Information on PRG as an Organized Section of APSA is via
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PRG provides information through its research newsletter
PRG Report, summarizing research
conferences on topics of concern to members, assessing topics of common
interest, and announcing new research materials.
The PRG List Service for Members is accessed via Terry Sullivan at
Through its mentoring program, the PRG develops the professional futures
of its members. The PRG also co-sponsors public service projects designed to use the
expertise of its members to better governance. For example,
The White House
completed with the Pew Charitable Trusts and a host of institutional
partners, smoothed the way for the presidential transition in 2001 through a
non-partisan effort involving previous White House staff, scholars, and the
major party campaign staffs. These efforts helped the current administration
make the smooth transition into governance as well as developed a base of
information about White House operations that few understood or appreciated.
Scholars interviewed White House staff and then developed extensive briefing
materials on White House operations used by the incoming administration. In
addition, scholars developed a new, in-depth understanding of the
presidential appointments process while creating software to assist
presidential appointees in navigating the appointments process.
About PRG includes:
- PRG bylaws.
- PRG at Work - policy statements and service activities involving our profession.