Dr. Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon is the author of For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789She is an expert on the early presidency and is a thought leader in her field. She has been interviewed by National Public Radio and has had opinion pieces in The Economist and The Boston Globe. Dr. Bartoloni-Tuazon has appeared several times on C-SPAN and lectures on the presidency, the evolution of executive power, and the Washington administration. (The NPR interviews, C-SPAN programs, op-ed, and more can be found via the News page of this website.) Her book, For Fear of an Elective King, has been recommended by sources as varied as Vanity Fair,  Presidential Studies QuarterlyThe Journal of the Early Republic and The American Historical Review.

Dr. Bartoloni-Tuazon received her doctorate from George Washington University (GWU) in Washington D.C. and found a welcome intellectual environment at the First Federal Congress Project (FFCP) in Washington D.C. where she was Visiting Scholar. The FFCP documented all material related to America’s first Congress (1789-1791) under the new Constitution. The FFCP finished its documentary mission in 2017 and its archives are now a part of the Washington National Library at Mount Vernon in Virginia.

For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789, was published by Cornell University Press in 2014. It was released in paperback in September 2016. For Fear of an Elective King also is available as both an Ebook (Amazon Kindle, etc.) and as an Audiobook (

Dr. Bartoloni-Tuazon’s current project examines political cartoons from the era of the Early Republic.


View Dr. Bartoloni-Tuazon’s Curriculum Vitae