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Professor of Political Science; Director, Master and PhD Programs in Political Science

John Portz teaches and conducts research in the general areas of state and local politics, public policy, and public education.  His specific research interests include school politics, accountability, and governance, as well as public leadership.  His current research project focuses on different types of educational accountability in elementary and secondary education at different levels of American federalism.

In fall 2011 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil where he taught a course in American politics.  In his home community of Watertown, he served as an elected member of the Town Council for eight years, and he was elected in 2005 to serve on the Watertown School Committee.  He currently serves as chair of the Committee.


  • 1997 Theodore Lowi Award. From the Policy Studies Organization for the best article in the 1996 issue of the Policy Studies Journal.
  • 1993 Involved Citizen of the Year. From the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.
  • Education

    PhD, 1988, Political Science
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Contact

  • Address

    902 Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115