Summary: Richard J. Ellis is Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University. Among his recent books are Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush (2008) and To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance (2005). In 2008 he was named the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Oregon Professor of the Year.
Michael Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, where he teaches courses on U.S. polit ...show moreics, the presidency, and southern politics. He is also a nonresident senior fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and a former editor of the Washington Monthly. His recent books include The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2007 (with Sidney M. Milkis, 5th ed., 2008); How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (with John Mason, 2008), which won the Southern Political Science Association's V.O. Key Award for the outstanding book on southern politics; The Elections of 2008 (2010); and The Presidency and the Political System (9th ed., 2010). ...show less
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