William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago. He holds appointments in the Harris School of Public Policy, the Department of Political Science, and the College. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. His recent research examines how domestic political institutions constrain the president's ability to exercise military force abroad.
Research by University of Chicago Nobel prize-winning Economist James Heckman figured prominently in the State of the Union Address delivered Tuesday evening. President Obama's ambitious agenda for universal early childhood education stems from research pointing to improved lifelong outcomes for children who participate in development programs from birth through age five.