Ewell is an Associate Professor, Department Chair of the Political Science Department, and Fellow in Public Policy at The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law and Society at Stonehill College. An expert in American political institutions and education and social policy, he has been published in the Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Political Science Education. His current book project explores historical partisan advantage in American politics through efforts by party elites to change the structures or composition of democratic institutions that shift an electoral and political edge from one party to the other. The central argument is that gaining a partisan advantage at the cost of reducing public trust in government and weakening institutional structures risks the long-term viability of republican government.
Prior to his academic tenure, Ewell served more than a decade in federal and state government. He served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate for Rhode Island United States Senator John Chafee. He also served former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt at the Hunt Institute for Educational Policy and Leadership where he worked with governors and state legislators from across the country to improve their state education policy systems. Ewell is a proud father of three children, Will, 8, Emma, 7 and Max, 10 months. He is married to Sara Ewell, a Northeastern University faculty member, and together they are passionate about education, social justice, the environment and raising their three children to love learning and have a passion for life.