John Gaffney is a political commentator and author, and currently Professor of Politics at Aston University. Specialising in UK and French politics and the discourse of leadership, he regularly contributes to TV and print media. In July 2012, he was awarded £77,000 by the Leverhulme Trust for a two year study of UK political leadership. His latest book, France in the Hollande Presidency: The Unhappy Republic (Palgrave, 2015), is out now. His 2012 book, Political Leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy (Palgrave), is out in paperback.

He is the author of four other monographs on UK and French Politics. He has written fifty journal articles and chapters, and has edited a dozen books, his two most recent being Stardom in Postwar France (Berghahn, 2011), with Diana Holmes; and The Presidents of the French Fifth Republic (Palgrave, 2013), with David Bell.

John Gaffney is also Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe, a Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po, Rennes and at Sciences-Po, Lille, and has twice been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. In 2014-15 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Sciences-Po, Paris. He supervises PhDs on a range of topics and lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He is on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of French Politics. He has also served on the Award Committee for the Stanley Hoffman Prize of the American Political Science Association and the Political Studies Association (UK) Mackenzie Book Prize.

Other memberships include: Political Studies Association (UK), the American Political Science Association, the National Communication Association (US), and the University Association for Contemporary European Studies.