Speakers

Brandice Canes-WroneBrandice Canes-Wrone, Ph.D., Stanford University, professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, has written Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy, and the Public (2005), which won the 2006 Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book published on the presidency. She has also written “The Conditional Nature of Presidential Responsiveness to Public Opinion” (American Journal of Political Science), “Out of Step, Out of Office: Electoral Accountability and House Members’ Voting” (American Political Science Review), and “Bureaucratic Decisions and the Composition of the Lower Courts” (American Journal of Political Science).

George Edwards IIIGeorge Edwards III, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison), serves as distinguished professor of political science at Texas A&M University, holds the George and Julia Blucher Jordan chair in presidential studies and has served as the Olin professor of American government at Oxford and the John Adams fellow at the University of London. He has held senior visiting appointments at Peking University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford and was the founder and from 1991-2001 the director of The Center for Presidential Studies. His books include Governing by Campaigning: The Politics of the Bush Presidency (2008), On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit (2003) and At the Margins: Presidential Leadership of Congress (1989). He serves as editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Gene HealyGene Healy, J.D. University of Chicago, serves as vice president at the Cato Institute.  His books include The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (2008) and Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything (2004). His writing has been published in Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and elsewhere.

Hugh HecloHugh Heclo, Ph.D., Yale University, Clarence J. Robinson professor of public affairs at George Mason University, previously taught at Harvard University. His books include A Government of Strangers, Christianity and American Politics, and Thinking Institutionally. He has served as an elected member of the America Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration, a Guggenheim fellow, Brookings Institution senior fellow, and chair of the Ford Foundation Research Advisory Committee, which published The Common Good: Social Welfare and the American Future.

William HowellWilliam Howell, Ph.D., Stanford University, 2000, taught at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin before coming to the University of Chicago. Among his books are While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (2007), Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (2003), The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (2002), and Besieged: School Boards and the Future of Education Politics (2005).

Stephen SkowronekStephen Skowronek, Ph.D., Cornell University, 1979, is the Pelatiah Perit professor of political and social science at Yale University. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has held the chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His publications include Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 (1982), The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, (1997), The Search for American Political Development (2004, with Karen Orren), and Presidential Leadership in Political Time: Reprise and Reappraisal (2008).

Robert SpitzerRobert Spitzer, Ph.D., Cornell University, serves as professor of political science at SUNY/Cortland. His books include The Presidency and Public Policy (1983), The Right to Life Movement and Third Party Politics (1987), The Presidential Veto (1988), President and Congress (1993), Media and Public Policy (1993), The Politics of Gun Control (1995, 1998, 2004), Politics and Constitutionalism (2000), The Right to Bear Arms (2001), The Presidency and the Constitution (2005), and Saving the Constitution from Lawyers (2008). Spitzer has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, PBS’s The News Hour With Jim Lehrer, CNN, CNBC, NHK (Japanese TV), the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting and has been quoted in many national newspapers and magazines, including Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.

Jeffrey TulisJeffrey Tulis, Ph.D., University of Chicago, professor of political science at the University of Texas, has written among other works The Rhetorical Presidency (1987) and The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (1981). He has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton Unviersity. Three collections of essays on The Rhetorical Presidency with responses by Tulis have been published:Beyond the Rhetorical Presidency (1996), Speaking to the People: The Rhetorical Presidency in American Political Development (1998) and Critical Review (2007).

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