Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, degree completed December 1989, M.A. University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 1984, B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Politics, 1982
Professor Ellis joined Willamette University in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1989) and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1982). He teaches a number of courses in the area of American politics, including the presidency, political development, and the initiative process. In addition he teaches courses on liberalism, privacy, and patriotism. He has written widely on the history of the American presidency and American political culture. His most recent book is The Development of the American Presidency.