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Current Fellows (entered date)

• Tyler Hughes (2011)

Victoria Anne Rickard (2012)

M. Lynsey Morris Barron (1999)
Nancy L. Bednar (1991)
Lauren Cohen Bell (1994)
Kenneth M. Cosgrove (1986)
Courtney Cullison (2001)
William Curtis Ellis (2005)
Jocelyn Jones Evans (1997)
Matt O. Field (2004)
Lesli E. McCollum Gooch (1995)
William E. Granstaff (1990)
Ronald J. Grimes (1980)
Melody Huckaby (1999)
Kate Carney Huston(2004)
Steven J. Jarding (1984)
Walt Jatkowski III (2006)
Karen M. Kedrowski (1987)
Robin M. LeBlanc (1988)

Lori D. Lester (1985)
J. Tony Litherland (1984)
John P. Meiers (1994)
Matthew C. Moen (1980)
Jonathan D. Mott (1992)
Caitlin O'Grady (2008)
L. Marvin Overby (1985)
John David Rausch, Jr. (1989)
Cindy Simon Rosenthal (1991)
J. Michael Sharp (1980)
Frank J. Smist, Jr. (1980)
William A. "Doc" Syers (1981)
Joseph A. Theissen (1982)
Arturo Vega (1983)
Mary Scribner Wallace (1987)
Jean Shumway Warner (1988)
Craig A. Williams (1996)
Walter C. Wilson (2003)

Current Fellows


Tyler Hughes (entered 2011) received a B.A. in Political Science at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS and an M.A. in Political Science from Western Michigan University where he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Political Science Department.  As a Carl Albert Fellow, he attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in 2000, and recently published a paper in Social Science Quarterly (with Jeffrey Peake and Glen Krutz) entitled, “President Obama, the Senate, and the Polarized Politics of Treaty Making.” Tyler is also currently serving as a doctoral research assistant at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Risk and Crisis Management and the Center for Energy, Security and Society, where he takes part in numerous research projects.  His dissertation focuses on how political factors within Congress affect the policy process at the subsystem level.  Consequently, his substantive interests cover a diverse range of topics, such as energy, environmental, and health care policy. Click here to view Tyler’s full CV.



Victoria Anne Rickard (entered 2012) holds a Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University, with a concentration in international law; a Master of Arts in International Affairs from American University, with a concentration in international politics; and a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University, where, as a Regent Scholar, she studied history and political science. In law school, Victoria was on the Dean’s list, received Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for earning the highest grade in International Law as well as Transnational Legal Research, and twice served as a member of the Niagara International Moot Court Competition team. While pursuing her master’s degree, Victoria concomitantly functioned as one of the inaugural employees for the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, where she was responsible for interfacing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department. As a result of her work in developing foundational documents for the establishment of an Interdepartmental Task Force for OVT, she received a Special Achievement Award from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  At the Carl Albert Center, Victoria plans to focus her research on how representative institutions in the U.S. reflect the expanding needs of the international community in fields that are of increasing concern to the global population, such as human rights, trade regulations, and sustainable development. 


M. Lynsey Morris Barron
is an associate in the law firm Jones Day in Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her B.A. with honors in 1999 from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, with a double major in political science and philosophy/religion.  At Berry, Barron was president of the Student Government Association, competed on the speech and debate team, and interned for Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.).  As a Carl Albert Fellow, she participated in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in 2000.  During her APSA Congressional Fellowship in the office of Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), she was the primary staff coordinator for the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues and the Pro-Choice Caucus.  After completing the APSA fellowship, Barron was a lobbyist for the American Association of University Women and then for the March of Dimes.  Barron graduated with honors from Emory University School of Law, where she received a full scholarship and served on the Emory Law Journal.  She also completed a clerkship for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Nancy L. Bednar teaches at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.  She graduated magna cum laude from California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California with a B.A. in political science. Before becoming a Carl Albert Fellow, she spent a semester in the graduate program at the University of Southern California. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1990-91. Her research interests include candidate emergence and congressional elections.  She is co-author with Allen Hertzke of a book chapter, "Oklahoma: The Christian Right and Republican Realignment," in The Christian Right and the 1994 Elections, edited by Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing), and a journal article, "The Christian Right and Republican Realignment in Oklahoma," published in PS: Political Science and Politics 28:11-15.  Nancy's dissertation, "The Christian Right and Congressional Elections in Oklahoma: Can a Social Movement Impact Candidate Centered Elections?" was completed in 1999.  She taught at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas for three years.  Nancy presented a paper, “The Hispanic Civil Rights Movement:  What You Should Know That’s NOT in your Textbook,” at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association, Las Vegas, NV, in Spring 2008.

Lauren Cohen Bell is professor of political science at Randolph-Macon College and associate dean of the college.  While serving as a United States Supreme Court Fellow during academic year 2006-2007, she received the Tom C. Clark Award for Outstanding Contributions to the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program.  At Randolph-Macon College, Lauren has received multiple awards for outstanding faculty advisor, faculty member of the year, and excellence in teaching. She holds a B.A. degree with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish from The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio where she served as student body president and editor of the college newspaper and received the Paul Evans Lamale Award for outstanding work in the social sciences.  She received her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Oklahoma in 1999.  Research for her doctoral dissertation was completed while serving as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s judiciary committee staff.  Her book based on this research, Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Politics of Senate Confirmation, was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2002. Her second book, The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students, was published by Thomson/Wadsworth in 2005. She is co-author (with Joan Conners and Ted Sheckels) of Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach, published by Allyn & Bacon in 2008.  In addition to her books, Lauren has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Politics, Judicature, Political Research Quarterly, and The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and in edited volumes including Women Transforming Congress (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002) and Exploring Judicial Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008).  During her graduate studies, she attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in 1996.

Kenneth M. Cosgrove is currently an associate professor of government and the director of graduate studies in professional politics and international relations at Suffolk University in Boston, where he earned his B.A. in Government. As a Carl Albert Graduate Fellow, Ken presented a number of papers at professional meetings and was an APSA Congressional fellow in the offices of Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Representative Tim Johnson (D-SD). He is the author of the book Branded Conservatives: How the Brand Brought the American Right From the Periphery to the Center of American Politics (Peter Lang, 2007).  His most recent publications are “West Virginia Poiltics” in Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions (CQ Press, 2008) and “Branded American Politics” in Jennifer Lees-Marshment’s Political Marketing: Principals and Applications (Routledge, 2009).  He also co-authored (with L. Marvin Overby) an article on racial redistricting and the representation of minority interests, which was published in Journal of Politics in 1996, and he published a biography of Charles Haughey, former leader of Ireland, in Encyclopedia of European Political Leaders (Greenwood, 1995). Cosgrove taught for eight years at Bethany College in West Virginia, where he created two interdisciplinary programs – one in media and politics, and one in North American studies. An avid believer in the internationalization of academic curricula, he participated in a Fulbright-Hays program on Sustainable Development in Brazil, a Salzburg Seminar on Presidential Leadership and Media Democracy, a faculty exchange with Zhejiang Normal University (PR China) and the SUNY-Plattsburgh Summer Institute on Quebec. Ken’s research interests include political marketing, social movements, legislatures, Canadian politics, and Irish politics.  He lives with his wife, Erin, in Hampton Falls, NH.

Courtney Cullison is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas at Tyler where she teaches classes on American Political Institutions, Mass Politics, and research methods. She is also the campus faculty coordinator for the Bill Archer Fellowship Program, a Washington semester program for students in the University of Texas system.  Courtney is from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and is a cum laude graduate of Oklahoma State University with an honors degree in political science. As an undergraduate, she wrote her honors thesis on presidential impeachment and served as an intern in the office of Rep. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).  She later worked as legislative correspondent for that office.  As a Carl Albert Fellow, Courtney presented papers at the annual meetings of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Southwestern Social Science Association, and the Southern Political Science Association. She also participated in the ICPSR summer program at University of Michigan in 2003.  During her American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, she was responsible for social welfare policy in the office of Rep. Henry E. Brown, Jr. (R-S.C.).  In summer 2008, Courtney successfully defended her dissertation, “Communication and Representation: The Place of Dialogue in the Representation Process.”

William Curtis Ellis is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.  He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at Randolph-Macon College (RMC) in Ashland, Virginia.  During the summer before his senior year, Curtis received one of Randolph-Macon’s many Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. His project, entitled Economic Perceptions and Partisan Voting Behavior, was awarded one of the American Academy of Political and Social Science awards for Best Undergraduate Research. During the rest of his time at RMC, Curtis focused on state government. As an intern with the Virginia state government, he worked for Delegate Kenneth R. Plum, as well as then Lt. Governor, Timothy M. Kaine.  As a Carl Albert Fellow at the University of Oklahoma, the focus of Curtis’s scholarship was the study of congressional institutions and the issues of race and inequality in public policy.  He attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in summer 2006 and served as a teaching assistant for that program in summer 2007. Curtis has presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southern Political Science Association.  As an APSA Congressional Fellow, 2008–2009, he served the House Committee on Education and Labor under Chairman George Miller.  Curtis successfully defended his dissertation, “Committees, Subcommittees, and Information – Policymaking in Congressional Institutions,” in 2010.

Jocelyn Jones Evans is an associate professor of political science in the department of government at the University of West Florida. She taught at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2002-2003). Evans received her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2002.  A summa cum laude graduate of Berry College, Jocelyn’s interdisciplinary B.S. degree focused on political theory and speech.  During her graduate studies as a Carl Albert Fellow, she participated in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan (1998) and served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (2000-2001) in Washington, D.C.  She conducted research for her dissertation on partisanship and women’s legislative behavior in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the author of Women, Partisanship, and the Congress (Palgrave, 2005); One Nation Under Siege:  Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy (University Press of Kentucky, 2010); and Central Ideas in American Government (Soomo Publishing, 2010). In addition, Jocelyn has coauthored research appearing in Social Science Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Political Science Education, Oklahoma Politics, and Florida Political Chronicle. She has also contributed book reviews to APSA’s Legislative Studies Section Newsletter.  

Matt O. Field works as professional staff on the Committee on House Administration in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He earned a master’s degree in U.S. History from Western Illinois University after graduating summa cum laude from WIU with a B.A. in history and minors in political science and religious studies.  While an undergraduate, he was an honors and departmental scholar. He was also the recipient of a baseball scholarship at WIU and played on the team for two years, earning 1st Team All-Conference Honors his sophomore year. In summer 1998, he served as an intern in the office of Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). The following summer, Matt was an intern for Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fl.) working on the International Religious Persecution Act.  During both of those summers, he also worked for Keelen Communications Consulting Firm in Washington, D.C. As a Carl Albert Graduate Fellow, Matt specialized in American government, political theory, and international relations.  He attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan (2005), was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (spring 2006), and was a Civitas Fellow at The Center for Public Justice (summer 2006). He presented a conference paper entitled “What’s the Point? Supreme Court Nominations, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Stare Decisis” at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association and with Ron Peters, Keith Gaddie, and Ben Gravely, presented “The Hastert Rules: Majority Party Governance in the U.S. House of Representatives” at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. Matt served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) in Washington, D.C. (2007-2008), was a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute during summer 2009, and has been a James Madison Fellow with the Kirby Center during 2010.  Matt’s dissertation is titled “Congress, the Court, and the Constitution: Constitutional Deliberation in Congress.”

Lesli E. McCollum Gooch is a partner at Potomac Partners DC, where she provides federal advocacy and consulting services in the area of financial services policy.  She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, with a B.S. in political science.  During her senior year, she worked as an intern in the Office of the Clerk at the United States Supreme Court.  As a Carl Albert Graduate Fellow, she presented conference papers individually and collaboratively on topics such as congressional responses to Supreme Court decisions overturning federal statutes, public opinion of Congress, the candidate image game in congressional elections, and the prospects of nighttime incarceration as an intermediate sanction.  A paper she co-authored with Professor R. Keith Gaddie on the incumbency advantage won the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper presented at the 1998 meeting of the Southwestern Political Science Association and served as a foundation for later publications in the American Review of Politics and in The House of Representatives: Reform or Rebuild?, edited by Joseph P. Zimmerman and Wilma Rule.  Lesli’s essay on the Oklahoma judiciary appeared in The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics (1998, 2000, and 2002), edited by Gary Copeland, R. Keith Gaddie, and Craig Williams.  She began her work on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Marge Roukema (R-N.J.), 1999-2000, and continued to serve as Rep. Roukema’s legislative director until the congresswoman retired in 2002.  Lesli received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. Her dissertation, “When Politics Is Personal: The Role of Personal Policy Interests in Legislative Activity,” was completed while she served as legislative director and senior policy advisor, 2002-2007, for Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-Calif.).

William E. Granstaff graduated with a B.S. and departmental honors in political science from Oklahoma State University where he was a Presidential Scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Societies. His unique background includes recording with the Beach Boys and working for 10 years as a professional writer-producer-arranger-performer in various San Francisco Bay Area recording studios. His dissertation explores the values of Senate deliberations in the making of U. S. foreign policy. He is the author of Losing Our Democratic Spirit: Congressional Deliberation and the Dictatorship of Propaganda published by Praeger Press in 1999.

Ronald J. Grimes is a lifelong political activist.  He remained in Washington, D.C. after his congressional fellowship and served as Legislative Assistant (1984-1990) and Legislative Director (1991-1999) to U.S. Senator John Glenn (D-Ohio). Ron served as Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the 106th Congress (1999-2001). He served as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) during the 108th and 109th Congresses (2003-2006), and currently serves as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio).  Ron Grimes and his wife Sue have two sons and live in Fairfax, Virginia.

Melody Huckaby an assistant professor of political science at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.  A National Merit Scholar, she graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 with a B.A. in political science. She interned for Congressman Mike Synar (D-Okla.) following her graduation. In 1995, she participated in a joint legal program conducted by the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law and the Queens College at Oxford University. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1997.  She then participated in a joint project between the United States Information Agency and the American University of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek where she taught undergraduate courses in law and worked with the University staff to construct an American style law school. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Melody worked as a private sector attorney until she entered the Carl Albert Graduate Fellowship Program in 1999.  As a Carl Albert Fellow, she participated in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in 2000.  She also attended two intensive language programs, one for Spanish in Mexico in 2001, and a second for Portuguese in Brazil in 2003.  In collaboration with Jocelyn Jones, Lynsey Morris, and Cindy Simon Rosenthal, Melody Huckaby has presented papers at the Western, Southwestern and Midwest political science conferences.  She and R. Keith Gaddie collaborated on a chapter for the edited volume, The Roads to Congress 2000.  She spent her fourth year as a Carl Albert Fellow doing field research in the Mexican, Argentine, and Brazilian Congresses.  Her dissertation, successfully defended in summer 2006, is entitled “The Representative Method: Legislative Behavior in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.”  Currently, Melody is continuing her research in the areas of representation and institutions.

Kate Carney Huston completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Creighton University and finished her degree at The University of Oklahoma in 2004 where she majored in political science and minored in history with an emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe. As a Carl Albert Center undergraduate research fellow, Kate worked with Professor Aimee Franklin on a project focused on budgeting in local governments and assisted with the presentation of the paper at the 2004 annual meeting of the Midwest Regional Public Finance Conference.  Kate also participated in N.E.W. Leadership-Oklahoma, a five-day summer institute in political leadership for Oklahoma undergraduate women, and remains an active alumna and volunteer. As a Carl Albert Graduate Fellow, Kate focused her attention on women in politics, representation, and congressional caucuses. She presented papers at the 2006 and the 2007 annual meetings of the Southern Political Science Association.  She attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in summer 2005.  She served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. in the office of Rep. Daniel Lipinski, 2007-2008. The focus of Kate’s dissertation is the role of congressional caucuses in the modern Congress and the ability of caucuses to reach their policy goals.

Steve Jarding is a past Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he currently is a member of the faculty.  Steve also serves as a senior partner in two political consulting companies based in Washington, D.C.  He has also taught government and politics at the University of Oklahoma, George Mason University, and American University. He has an undergraduate degree in political science and communications from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma.  Steve has spent most of the past 33 years studying, teaching, and working in American politics.  In 1986 he served as executive director of the South Dakota Democratic party during then-Rep. Tom Daschle’s victorious race for the U.S. Senate.  In 1988 Jarding served as former Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey’s communications director in Kerrey's successful race for U.S. Senate.  Jarding served in a similar capacity in Kerry’s 1994 re-election bid.  In 1995-96, Jarding served as communications director and later a senior advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).  Citing Jarding's work at the DSCC, Roll Call Magazine, in September 1996, named Jarding one of the “50 most influential” political people in Washington.  Jarding has served as executive director of two leadership PACs – in 1998 for Kerrey and in 2002 for Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.  In 2001, Steve served as campaign manager to Virginia businessman Mark Warner’s successful gubernatorial bid.  The Washington Post called that race the best-run campaign in modern Virginia history.  In September 2002, Jarding and his successful political style was the subject of a profile in The New York Times magazine.  In 2006 Jarding co-authored the book, Foxes in the Henhouse (published by Simon and Shuster), which offered a blueprint for how Democrats can win again in the South and in rural America.  Also in 2006, Jarding ran Jim Webb’s improbable campaign in which Webb unseated incumbent U.S. Senator George Allen in Virginia and in 2008 Jarding successfully ran the re-election campaign for Senator Tim Johnson in South Dakota.  That race had been the number one target for a GOP takeover.

Walt Jatkowski III (entered 2006) is a summa cum laude graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he received his B.S. in political science in 2006. During his time at Bradley, Walt was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honors fraternity and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors fraternity. Walt was also honored as the Outstanding Senior in Bradley’s political science department upon completion of his degree. In spring 2006, Walt worked as an intern for the re-election campaign of Illinois State Representative Aaron Schock. In his first year as a Carl Albert Congressional Fellow, Walt wrote a paper that earned him the V. Stanley Vardys Award, which honors outstanding research and writing by students in the political science Ph.D. program at University of Oklahoma.  His paper was titled “Differential India: How and Why Liberalization Has Not Affected India Equally.” Walt also co-authored a paper, “The Forgotten House? Treaties, Executive Agreements, and the Role of the U.S. House of Representatives,” with Carl Albert Center Associate Director Glen Krutz and Professor Jeffrey Peake of Bowling Green State University. They presented their paper at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in 2007. Walt’s current research interests include the impact of congressional hearing testimony on legislative decisions in highly technical policy areas, partisan polarization in Congress, and the effects of the timing of retirements on partisan seat retention in open seat elections.  He attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in summer 2007.  Walt has presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. As a participant in the 2009-2010 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program he served the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform while conducting his own research on congressional utilization of technical information on such highly complex and contested issues as climate change and nuclear power.  He is interested in the role of technical experts in the policy process and how their expertise is utilized by different members of Congress. Of particular interest is the role played by modern congressional hearings as a forum for information as well as an arena of political theatre.

Karen M. Kedrowski is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Director of the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Karen teaches courses in American Politics and Public Policy. Her research agenda has focused on congressional communication, women’s health activism and policy, and education policy. She is the author or coauthor of three books, Media Entrepreneurs and the Media Enterprise in the US Congress (1996, Hampton Press), Cancer Activism: Gender, Media and Public Policy (2007, University of Illinois Press) and Breastfeeding Rights in the United States (2008, Praeger/Greenwood). Her articles have appeared in Armed Forces and Society, Perspectives on Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics and Teachers College Record. In 2010, Karen was a Visiting Fulbright Chair in Health, Indigenous Peoples, Media and Education at McGill University in Montreal, where she studied Canadian women’s health activism and policy. She has made numerous presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Karen has served also on the Executive Council of the Southern Political Science Association, as President of the Women’s Caucus for Political Science (South) and as Vice President of the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association. Prior to coming to Winthrop University in 1994, Karen was a Congressional Fellow with Senator Robert Kerrey (D-NE) and the Sunbelt Caucus. She also worked for Families USA as a Health Policy Analyst.

Robin M. LeBlanc graduated summa cum laude from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a B.A. in English. She was a Presidential Scholar at Berry and a member in Alpha Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa. LeBlanc completed her Ph.D. in Political Science in 1994 at the University of Oklahoma. Currently she is Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia where she teaches classes in comparative politics, political philosophy, and gender and politics. LeBlanc’s first book Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife (University of California Press, 1999), based on the dissertation she completed under the direction of Ron Peters, was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” of 1999.  As a dissertation the Bicycle Citizens project received both the American Political Science Association Women and Politics Section Award for the Best Dissertation on Women and Politics as well as the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. LeBlanc has been the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships (1991, 2002) to conduct research in Japan, as well as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral research fellowship (1999). In Fall 2007, she was the Japan International Christian University Foundation Visiting Professor of Political Science at International Christian University in Tokyo.  Robin continues to research and write about gender and the democratic consciousness of “ordinary” people. Her second book, The Art of the Gut: Manhood, Power, and Ethics in Japanese Politics (University of California Press, 2010) has been nominated for the International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize.

Lori D. Lester completed her dissertation, “Congressional Budgeting for Defense: Theory, Process, and Outcome,” in 1993. She was a senior resources manager for the U.S. Department of Defense for many years and then worked as a freelance writer after her retirement.  Lori died on September 3, 2005.

J. Tony Litherland is the James R. Scales Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma Baptist University.  He focused his doctoral dissertation research on the role of foreign-based interest groups on American foreign policy, specifically in regard to Central America, and he spent a couple of weeks in El Salvador conducting interviews. Since that time, he has made six trips abroad to Argentina and Africa in part to conduct interviews at U.S. embassies and in part to participate in Southern Baptist mission efforts. Tony has served as the education director for the Oklahoma American Legion’s summer Boys State Program, 2000-2005, and as president of the Oklahoma Political Science Association, 1999-2000. He was named the 2002 OPSA Political Science Teacher of the Year.  He and Dr. Lucrecia Litherland published an article on bilingual education policy in the 2007 edition of Oklahoma Politics.

John P. Meiers works at H&R Block in Kansas City, Missouri as a sourcing leader and negotiator with an emphasis on IT offshoring in India, Information Technology, and Negotiation Training.  He has also taught political science at Rockhurst University since 1999, with a focus on the U.S. and the Pacific Rim, Eastern European/Russian Politics, and Politics in Fiction and Film.   John graduated summa cum laude from Rockhurst College with a B.A. in political science and global studies.  While an undergraduate student, he worked as an intern in the Washington, D.C. offices of Rep. Alan Wheat (D-Mo.) and Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.).  John served as translator for Rockhurst College on several trips to Russia and the former Soviet Republics from 1991 to 1993. In addition, he has written and delivered papers on congressional oversight of intelligence to the American Political Science Association and on Ronald Reagan and Iran-Contra at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Conference at Hofstra University.  John has interests in Russian language and culture, U.S. foreign policy, and congressional elections. John successfully defended his dissertation, “The Tenuous Majority: The Effect of Two-Party Competition on the House of Representatives,” in 1999.  He lives in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife Jeanine, son Nathan, daughter Abigail, and son Zachary.

Matthew C. Moen is professor of political science, Lohre Distinguished Professor, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of South Dakota.  He earned his B.A. degree in political science and history with honors at Augustana College.  His first book, The Christian Right and Congress (University of Alabama Press, 1989; reprinted 1992) was nominated for the New England Historical Association Book Award. His second book, The Transformation of the Christian Right (University of Alabama Press, 1992), was chosen an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States.  He also co-edited The Religious Challenge to the State (Temple University Press, 1992) and co-authored, with Gary Copeland, The Contemporary Congress: A Bicameral Approach (West/Wadsworth/International Thompson Publishing, 1999).  Matt’s most recent book, Changing Members: The Maine Legislature in the Era of Term Limits (Lexington Books, 2004) is co-authored with Kenneth T. Palmer and Richard J. Powell.  Prior to his appointment at University of South Dakota, Matt taught for sixteen years at the University of Maine, where he served as chair of the Department of Political Science, special assistant to the president, director of the Congressional Internship Program, and University of Maine Trustee Professor, a title bestowed for academic achievement.  He has served as chairperson of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association, and as president of the New England Political Science Association.  He was president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (2007-2008), the national organization of arts and sciences deans. On the 25th anniversary of his graduation, he was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, Augustana College.

Jonathan D. Mott is director of learning design and delivery at INVESTools, TD Ameritrade’s investor education group.  Previously, he worked at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, first as managing director of the Center for Instructional Design (renamed the Center for Teaching and Learning), and most recently as assistant to the academic vice president for academic technology where he was responsible for academic technology planning and strategy campus wide. Concurrent with each of these positions at BYU, Jon also taught regularly in the Public Policy master’s program and in the Instructional Psychology & Technology program.  He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University in 1992 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1998. His dissertation, “Washington Style: Members of Congress on Capitol Hill,” focused on U.S. House members’ styles in Washington. During the course of his studies, Jon served as both an intern in the Utah State Legislature and as an APSA Fellow in the U. S. House of Representatives. His research interests shifted with his career responsibilities to focus on academic technology, teaching and learning technology, and learning effectiveness. He has published several articles in both political science and instructional design journals. He currently serves as a member of higher education advisory boards for Blackboard and Adobe Systems. Jon and his wife Kim have 4 children and a St. Bernard.  In their spare time, Jon and Kim also maintain, an American government and politics website.

Caitlin O'Grady (entered 2008) holds a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University with a major in political science and a minor in religion. She was on the dean's list and also served as assistant sports editor and sports writer for the campus newspaper. In summer 2007, Caitlin was a research associate at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also has served as an intern at the Center for Community Safety, where she assisted in researching criminal behavior in Winston-Salem, NC. As a Carl Albert Fellow, Caitlin attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in summer 2008. She participated in APSA's Congressional Fellowship Program, 2011-2012, serving in the office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wis.). Caitlin is currently writing her dissertation, "Do as I Say, Not as I Do: A Study of Representation in Congress."

L. Marvin Overby is currently Frederick A. Middlebush Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri.  He earned his A.B. degree in political science with honors at Davidson College and came to the Carl Albert Center after spending a year in Europe as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. During his APSA Congressional Fellowship, he served as a legislative assistant to Rep. David E. Price (D-N.C.) while completing research for his dissertation, “At Home in Dixie: Parties, Parochialism, and Senate Politics in the Modern South.” Prior to joining the faculty at Mizzou, Marvin held positions at Loyola University Chicago (1990-1993) and the University of Mississippi (1993-2002). While at Mississippi, he won the Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen Students and helped found the school's Social Science Research Laboratory.  Marvin has twice served as a visiting professor of American politics at the Johns Hopkins University - Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, PRC (1997-1998 and 2005-2006) and as Fulbright Distinguished Laszlo Orszagh Chair in American Studies at the University of Sezged, Hungary (2000-2001). Overby's research interests include legislative redistricting, legislative leadership, senatorial confirmation of judicial appointments, legislative rules and procedures, legislative committee compositions, citizen attitudes toward minorities, and the growth of the Republican party in the South.  His research has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, American Politics Quarterly, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Politics, Justice System Journal, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.  Marvin has served on the editorial board of American Journal of Political Science, as executive director of the Southern Political Science Association, vice president and program chair for the Southwestern Political Science Association, as associate editor for the Journal of Legislative Studies, as interim chair of the department at Mizzou, and as chair of the University of Missouri System's Research Board.

John David Rausch, Jr. is the Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science at West Texas A&M University.  He has served as the university’s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA since 2003.  He was named to the international Fulbright German Studies Seminar in 2009.  Dave received his B.A. in political science magna cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a minor in German. While an undergraduate, he also studied at Webster University in Vienna, Austria. As a Carl Albert Graduate Fellow, he completed his APSA Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C., in the office of Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.).  Dave’s dissertation, “The Elite in the Term Limitation Phenomenon,” was completed in 1995.  He is co-editor of The Test of Time: Coping with Legislative Term Limits (Lexington Press, 2003) and The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress (Facts on File, 2007). He is co-author of the Texas edition of Government in America (Pearson/Longman, 2008).  Dave has published research also in the areas of direct democracy, state and local politics, religion and politics, and women and politics.

Cindy Simon Rosenthal is the director and curator of the Carl Albert Center.  She is also professor of political science with a joint appointment to the women’s studies faculty.  She had more than 14 years of experience with state legislatures, including service as director of legislative management programs and director of publications for the National Conference of State Legislatures, prior to becoming a Carl Albert Fellow.  Her dissertation on the leadership style of female legislative committee chairs received research funds from the National Science Foundation and was later published under the title When Women Lead (Oxford University Press, 1998). In 1996, she won the American Political Science Association Women and Politics Best Dissertation Award and the Sophinisba Breckinridge Award for the best paper on women and politics at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting. In 1999, she was named the Irene Rothbaum Outstanding Assistant Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, and she was named the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurleen Mabrey Presidential Professor in 2002.  The Oklahoma Political Science Association honored Cindy as the Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist of the Year in 2000.  She won the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Award, which is given annually by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration to a public servant whose career exhibits the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment. Oklahoma City’s business newspaper, The Journal Record, named her Woman of the Year in 2010 at an annual event honoring 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma.  Cindy is the co-author, with Ronald M. Peters Jr., of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010).  She has published numerous journal articles and has contributed chapters to The Oklahoma Almanac of Politics (1998, 1999), Women and Elective Office (1998, 2005), and Women in Higher Education: Empowering Change (2002). She is currently involved in two major projects including an analysis of Title IX and intercollegiate athletics, and a study of gender representation in federal systems around the world.

J. Michael Sharp is professor emeritus of political science at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  During his tenure at Northeastern State, he served as political science coordinator in the Department of Social Science (2005–2007), chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology (2003 to 2004), and chair of the Department of Political Science (1997–2003).  He is the author of the two-volume Directory of Congressional Voting Scores and Interest Group Ratings published in 1988 by Facts on File. Second, third, and fourth editions of the directory were published by Congressional Quarterly Press, the latest in 2006.  The directory is also in Congressional Quarterly’s electronic library and is updated annually.  Sharp’s dissertation research on party activity in the congressional recruitment process included a survey of about 1000 candidates for Congress and was completed in spring 1990. He has been a member of the executive committee of the Oklahoma Political Science Association for several years, serving as president in 1993–1994 and again in 2004–2005. Mike is a referee and member of the editorial board for Oklahoma Politics.

Frank J. Smist, Jr. is a full-time writer and emeritus professor of political science at Rockhurst University where he taught for eighteen years, achieved the rank of full professor, and served as chair of the Political Science Department and the first director of Rockhurst’s global studies program.  In that position, Frank led numerous trips to the former Soviet Union, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, and Greece.  In 1982-1983, during his APSA Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C., Frank conducted over 500 interviews for his dissertation research. The dissertation, Congress Oversees the United States Intelligence Community, received an award from the National Intelligence Study Center for serious research and objective writing on intelligence published in 1988. His book by the same title was published by The University of Tennessee Press in 1990. The second edition, published in 1994, was updated to include the Bush and Clinton administrations, and Smist is currently working on further updates in a third edition. He is also writing a biography of University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren.  Frank’s critique of the book Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics appeared in the Kansas City Star and other syndicated newspapers around the country.

William A. "Doc" Syers is the Vice President of Congressional Relations for ITT Corporation – an $11 billion company with 40,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining ITT in December 2002, he lobbied defense and environmental issues for six years at Hughes Electronics and Newport News Shipbuilding. While serving as a Carl Albert Congressional Fellow, he went to Washington, D.C. in fall 1984.  He began his career with Rep. Dick Cheney (R-Wy.) in the House Republican Leadership.  Doc later served as an Appropriations Associate on the House VA-HUD and Defense subcommittees for ranking member and then chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).  He did his undergraduate work at Bradley University (1976) and has received master’s degrees from both the University of Denver in International Studies (1980) and the University of Oklahoma in Congressional Studies (1985).

Joseph A. Theissen is currently senior vice president for programs and communications at Voices for America's Children, the nation's premier network of state and local-based children's advocacy organizations.  He resides in Washington, D.C. and Boston.  Joe was actively involved in managing and consulting with several state legislative campaigns in his home state of Minnesota before becoming a Carl Albert Fellow.  His dissertation research on congressional conference committees was based on some very interesting cases, including the 1986 tax reform legislation.  He took a staff position with Rep. Tim Penny (D-Minn.) after completing his APSA Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C. and later served on the staff of Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).  Joe was National Policy Director of the Concord Coalition in both Washington, D.C. and Boston, and he worked on Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign.  He then went back to the Hill as policy director for the Blue Dog Democrats under Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).  Joe served as senior director of congressional and public affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1997 to mid-2001.  He left the U.S. Chamber to become executive director and CEO of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., fighting for policies that are both environmentally and economically sound.

Arturo Vega is director of the public administration graduate program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.  He received his doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1990, where he served as a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. He has 20 years experience in political science and public policy research and teaching.  Art currently teaches undergraduate courses on the Congress, the American presidency, and Latino politics; and, at the graduate level, he teaches research methods, quantitative analyses, program evaluation, and urban policy and planning. Prior to his arrival at St. Mary’s University in fall 2007, Art taught at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). His research focuses on urban public policies, municipal structures, and Latino politics.  He has participated in over a dozen community research projects, evaluations, and community needs assessments.

Mary Scribner Wallace formed her own firm – MKSWallace Law, LLC – in 2010 and practices estate planning, probate, homeowner association, and employment law in Columbus, Georgia.  A significant portion of her practice is also devoted to providing research and writing services to other local attorneys.  Mary is a graduate of Berry College in Georgia.  As a Carl Albert Fellow, she completed her master’s degree at The University of Oklahoma in 1991. During her APSA Congressional Fellowship, she served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.).  Upon returning to Georgia, she taught in the political science departments of Berry College and Columbus State University.  In 2002, she received an Atlanta Law School Fellowship and completed a J.D. degree at Emory University School of Law in 2005.

Jean Shumway Warner created the Oklahoma Women’s Network website and blog in 2006 to celebrate, promote, and empower Oklahoma women and girls through issue advocacy, coalition building, and information sharing.  In 2008, she co-founded the Oklahoma Women's Coalition, a nonprofit that seeks to improve the potential of women and girls in Oklahoma through education and advocacy.  In 2001, she worked with the Carl Albert Center to N.E.W. Leadership, a five-day summer institute for Oklahoma undergraduate women designed to educate, inspire, and empower them to become active in politics and public service.  She served as fundraiser and coordinator of that annual institute during its first three years.  While she was a Carl Albert Fellow, 1988–1993, she presented conference papers on federal agenda setting, AIDS policy options, and the role of party drift in voluntary retirement from the U.S. House. She completed her APSA Congressional Fellowship, 1990–1991, in the offices of Rep. Mary Rose Oakar (D-Ohio) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Jean successfully defended her dissertation, "A Policy Study of Youth Service: Synthesizing Analysis of Policy Content and Policy Process Over Time,” in summer 1995. She is the author of a chapter on Oklahoma's governors in two editions of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics (1998 and 2000).  She has written reports on Oklahoma public school reform for the Citizens League of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma 21st Century (a subsidiary of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce), and on out-of-school programs for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Jean’s earlier career, immediately following her B.A. degree from Roosevelt College, included several years as staff director of The Policy Sciences Group at Oklahoma State University where she worked on research funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Oklahoma Governor’s Office, and the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. During that period she presented or published numerous research papers, including one in the Yale Law and Policy Review.  Recently, Jean is the recipient of several awards.  In 2010 she received the Oklahoma Women's Coalition's first Pioneer Woman Award for extraordinary service and she was also selected by The Journal Record as one of 50 Women Making A Difference in Oklahoma.  In 2009, she received the YWCA of Oklahoma City's Embrace Award, an honor given each year to an exceptional Oklahoman who embraces the mission of the YWCA:  Eliminating racism, empowering women.  The Citizens League of Central Oklahoma recognized her in 1998 as Volunteer of the Year.  Jean is active in her church and leads mission teams to Central Kenya.  She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Larkin, a retired Oklahoma State University Regents Professor of Economics.

Craig A. Williams is a director of global government affairs at Amgen, a role in which he serves as director of policy for state government affairs.  He earned his B.A. in English and political science from Bethany College in West Virginia. While a Carl Albert Fellow, Craig attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan and the Summer Institute in Political Psychology at The Ohio State University.  He presented papers at numerous conferences on his research interests in congressional leadership and political theory. During his fellowship, he also served as co-editor of three editions of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics (Oklahoma Political Science Association Press) with Gary Copeland and R. Keith Gaddie.  While serving as an APSA Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Rogert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-Md.), Craig conducted his doctoral research on the influence of interest groups on the policymaking process in congressional committees. After completing his dissertation in 2001, he returned to work in the office of Congressman Ehrlich and later served as deputy director of policy and deputy chief of staff in Governor Ehrlich’s office in Annapolis, Maryland.

Walter C. Wilson is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas, San Antonio, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on legislatures, American politics, political inquiry and research design, and public policy.  He received his B.A. in government and international affairs at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2003.  As a Carl Albert Graduate Fellow, he participated in the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship program (2006-2007) in the office of Congressman Charles Gonzalez (D-Tex.).  While serving as a legislative assistant, legislative correspondent, and assistant liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Walt also was able to conduct more than 25 interviews with representatives and members of congressional staffs for his own doctoral research.  He successfully defended his dissertation, “Latino Representation in Congress,” in the summer of 2008.  Walt has presented research at meetings of the American, Midwest, Southwest, and Southern Political Science Associations, and has published in journals including Legislative Studies Quarterly and Social Science Quarterly.  He lives in downtown San Antonio with his wife Elizabeth, who is also a South Dakota native.

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