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Walter C. Wilson

Walter C. Wilson (entered 2003) is a magna cum laude graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he received a B.A. in government and international affairs in 2003.  He is also a 2006-2007 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, which he served with Congressman Charles Gonzalez, D-TX.  During the fellowship, Wilson worked as a legislative assistant, legislative correspondent, and assistant liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and conducted more than 25 research interviews with representatives and members of congressional staffs, respectively.  He expects to defend his dissertation, “Latino Representation in Congress,” in the summer of 2008.  He has presented research at meetings of the American (2007), Midwest (2006) and Southwest (2005) Political Science Associations. 

Kate E. Carney

Kate E. Carney Kate E. Carney (entered 2004) completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Creighton University and finished her degree from 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, Carney 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.  She also participated in N.E.W. Leadership-Oklahoma, a five-day summer institute in political leadership for Oklahoma undergraduate women, and remains an active alumni and volunteer. Kate is active in local politics, serving in the 2004 Oklahoma House campaign of Pat Potts and the re-election campaign of Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. As a Graduate Fellow, Kate has focused her attention on women in politics, representation, and congressional caucuses. She has presented papers at the 2006 and the 2007 annual meetings of the Southern Political Science Association.  She is currently serving as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. working in the office of Rep. Daniel Lipinski. 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.


Matt O. Field

Matt O. Field (entered 2004) earned a masters 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 who wrote his undergraduate honors thesis on the Scopes Monkey Trial. He was also the recipient of a baseball scholarship at WIU and played for two years on the team. In the summer of 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 with 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 Congressional Fellow, Matt specializes in political theory and international relations.  He 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. His dissertation is tentatively titled Congress, the Court, and the Constitution: Constitutional Deliberation in Congress. Matt is currently serving as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) in Washington, D.C.


William Curtis Ellis (entered 2005) is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College (RMC) in Ashland, Virginia (just north of Richmond), where he received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. While attending RMC, Curtis re-established the Randolph-Macon Chapter of Young Democrats. 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, Curtis worked for Delegate Kenneth R. Plum, a senior Democratic member of the Virginia House, as well as Lt. Governor (and Governor-elect) Timothy M. Kaine.  Since entering graduate school, the focus of Curtis’s scholarship has become the study of congressional institutions and issues of race and inequality in public policy.  Curtis has presented papers at the 2007 meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association and the 2008 meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.


Walt Jatkowski

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.

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M. Lynsey Morris Barron (1999) received her B.A. in 1999 from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, with a double major in political science and philosophy/religion. She graduated with honors, writing her honors thesis in political theory.  At Berry, Morris was president of the Student Government Association and Young Democrats, and competed on Berry's speech and debate team where she was Georgia State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, and Parliamentary Debate.  She was also a congressional intern for then-Senate Minority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.).  After coming to OU, 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 worked as a lobbyist for the American Association of University Women and then for the March of Dimes.  Barron currently lives in Atlanta, GA, where she received a full scholarship to attend law school at Emory University as a Robert Woodruff Fellow.  She serves on the Emory Law Journal and will spend the summer of 2008 in the law office of Jones Day.

Nancy L. Bednar (entered 1991) 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 (New York: 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 teaches at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Lauren Cohen Bell (1994) earned her B.A. at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. She was awarded Wooster's Paul Evans Lamale Award for outstanding work in the social sciences, and served as both the editor of the college newspaper and as student body president. In 1996, she attended the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan. After serving as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s judiciary committee staff, Bell wrote her dissertation on the role of interest groups in the Senate’s confirmation process for presidential nominees. Her book based on this research, Warring Factions: Interest Groups, Money, and the New Plitics of Senate Confirmation, was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2002.  The U.S. Congress, A Simulation for Students was published by Thomson/Wadsworth in 2005. In addition to her books, she has published papers on the Senate confirmation process in such journals as Judicature and Political Research Quarterly; on congressional staff (with former fellow and current Center faculty member Cindy Simon Rosenthal) in The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and in the edited volume Women Transforming Congress (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002); and on the public's assessment of the 2000 presidential election debates in the edited text, The Millenium Election: Communication in the 2000 Campaign.  Bell's work on Senate filibusters (with former fellow L. Marvin Overby) was published in The Journal of Politics, Volume 66, Issue 3 (August 2004).  Lauren Cohen Bell is assistant professor of political science at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where she also serves as the assistant director of the College Honors Program. In spring 2004, she received a Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching, a student-selected award.

Kenneth M. Cosgrove (1986) holds a B.A. in Government from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. As a grad student, he 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 (New York: Peter Lang, 2007). His other published work includes a co-authored (with former fellow L. Marvin Overby) 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, Cosgrove 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. His research interests include political marketing, social movements, legislatures, Canadian politics, and Irish politics. He is currently Assistant Professor of Government and Graduate Program Director at Suffolk University in Boston. He lives with his wife, Erin, in Hampton Falls, NH.

Courtney Cullison (entered 2001) is from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and is a cum laude graduate of Oklahoma State University with an honors degree in political science. She wrote her honors thesis on presidential impeachment.  Before becoming a Carl Albert Fellow, she served as an intern in the office of Representative Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and 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-SC).  Courtney is currently on faculty at the University of TexasTyler, and is working on her dissertation exploring the role of grassroots activation in the representational linkage between Members of Congress and their constituents.

Jocelyn Jones Evans (1997) is a summa cum laude graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Her B.S. degree program was interdisciplinary in nature with a focus on political theory and speech. She participated in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan in 1998. As an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (2000-2001), she conducted research for her dissertation in Washington, D.C., on partisanship and women’s legislative behavior in the U.S. House of Representatives. While finishing her degree, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2002-2003). Evans received her doctorate in 2002 and is currently an assistant professor of political science in the department of government at the University of West Florida. She is the author of Women, Partisanship, and the Congress (2005 Palgrave). In addition, she 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.  Her project Americans Governing, an online multimedia resource on American government, is packaged with Houghton’s introductory texts including Janda, Berry, and Goldman’s Challenge of Democracy and Gittleson et al.’s American Government.  Her current manuscript, Congress Under Attack, explores the impact of 9/11, anthrax, and an age of terror on the culture of Capitol Hill.

Lesli E. McCollum Gooch (1995) 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 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.  McCollum’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 McCollum Gooch 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.). She is now a partner at Potomac Partners DC, where she provides federal advocacy and consulting services in the area of financial services policy. 

William E. Granstaff (1990) 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 (1980) is a lifelong political activist.  He remained in Washington after his congressional fellowship and served as Legislative Assistant (1984-1990) and as 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 is currently serving 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 (1999) was a National Merit Scholar who 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 College of Law and the Queens College at Oxford University. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law 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, Huckaby worked as a private sector attorney until she entered the Carl Albert Graduate Fellowship Program. 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.  Huckaby 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 was successfully defended in summer 2006 and 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 and is serving as an assistant professor of political science at Cameron University.

Steve Jarding (1987) 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.  Jarding has spent most of the past 30 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 of 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, Jarding 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.   Jarding has taught government and politics at the University of Oklahoma, George Mason University, and American University.  He 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.

Karen M. Kedrowski (1987) is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota where she majored in political science, history, and French. As an undergraduate, Kedrowski received numerous academic honors including memberships in Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. Upon graduation, she received a Coro Foundation Public Service Fellowship. During this fellowship year, she designed a non-profit adult literacy foundation funded by Southwestern Bell Telephone, which serves as a statewide clearinghouse for adult literacy services offered in Missouri.  As a Carl Albert Fellow, Kedrowski presented papers at annual meetings of the American, Midwest, Southern, and Southwestern Political Science Associations. During her APSA Congressional Fellowship year, 1991-1992, she worked as assistant press secretary to Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) and as a legislative analyst for the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus. She  wrote several policy analyses for Families USA Foundation, where she was a health policy analyst, 1992-1994. Her dissertation on the Congress's use of the media was published as Media Entrepreneurs and the Media Enterprise in the U.S. Congress (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 1996) and it was later excerpted in Doris Graber's Media Power in Politics.  She has also published articles in Armed Forces and Society, Perspective on Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, Extensions, and The Journal of Political Science; book reviews in Women and PoliticsAmerican Political Science Review, and Political Communication; and has made numerous presentations at national, regional, and state conferences. Her syllabus for the course “The National Executive” is featured in the syllabi collection, A View Into the Classroom: Syllabi by Award Winning Teachers (APSA, 2001). She is currently completing a coauthored book tentatively entitled Assertive Advocates and Reluctant Champions: Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Activism and Media Advocacy. Karen Kedrowski is an associate professor and the chair of the political science department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Since arriving at Winthrop in 1994, she has received numerous faculty grants and awards. She served as the director of Winthrop’s Office for Effective Teaching, 1999-2001, and was named Outstanding Junior Professor in 1999.

Robin M. LeBlanc (1988) 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. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science in 1994 at the University of Oklahoma. She is currently Associate 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) was a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” of 1999. Bicycle Citizens was based on the dissertation LeBlanc completed under the direction of Ron Peters. 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. LeBlanc has published several articles on gender and the democratic consciousness of “ordinary” people. Currently, she is completing her second book, The Art of the Gut: Manhood, Power, and Ethics in Japanese Politics.

Lori D. Lester (1987) 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  (1984) focused his 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 Litherland is the James R. Scales Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma Baptist University and  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 (1994) graduated summa cum laude from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri 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.). Meiers also served as translator for 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. Meiers has interests in Russian language and culture, U.S. foreign policy, and congressional elections. He completed his dissertation, “The Tenuous Majority: The Effect of Two-Party Competition on the House of Representatives,” in 1999.  He currently works at H&R Block in Kansas City, Missouri as a Project Manager for cosourcing Information Technology projects to India and Russia.  He has also taught political science at Rockhurst University since 1999, with focus on the U.S. and the Pacific Rim, Eastern European/Russian Politics, and Politics in Fiction and Film.  He lives in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife Jeanine, son Nathan, and daughter Abigail.

Matthew C. Moen (1980) earned his B.A. degree in political science and history with honors at Augustana College in South Dakota.  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).  His 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. Matt Moen is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of South Dakota. Prior to joining USD, he worked at the University of Maine for sixteen years, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, as special assistant to the president, as director of the Congressional Internship Program, and as 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 currently serves as president of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (2007-2008), a national organization of 600 deans of arts and sciences.   

Jonathan D. Mott (1992) graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  He 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. He is currently serving as Assistant to the Academic Vice President – Academic Technology at Brigham Young University, where he is responsible for academic technology planning and strategy campus wide. Previously, Jon was the Managing Director of the Center for Instructional Design (recently renamed the Center for Teaching and Learning). He continues to teach regularly in the Public Policy Masters program and, more recently, in the Instructional Psychology & Technology program at BYU. Jon’s research interests have shifted with his career responsibilities to focus on academic technology, teaching and learning technology, learning effectiveness, etc. 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 & Kim also maintain ThisNation.com, an American government and politics website

L. Marvin Overby (1985) 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.” Overby is currently a professor of political science at the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the faculty at Mizzou, he 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.  Overby 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 the State Politics and Policy Quarterly.  He 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, and is currently associate editor for the Journal of Legislative Studies.


John David Rausch, Jr. (1989) 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.  He completed his APSA Congressional Fellowship year in Washington, D.C., in the office of Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.).  His 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).  Rausch also has published research in the areas of direct democracy, state and local politics, religion and politics, and women and politics.  He is an associate professor of political science at West Texas A&M University where he was recognized by the university with the 2001-2002 Research/Creative Excellence Award and the 2004-2005 Distance Learning Innovation Award.  In 2003, WTAMU President Dr. Russell Long appointed Dave Rausch faculty athletics representative to the NCAA..

Cindy Simon Rosenthal (1991) 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. She is currently the director and curator of the Carl Albert Center.  She is an associate professor in political science at the University of Oklahoma where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. In 1999, she was named the  Irene Rothbaum Outstanding Assistant Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences, and she was named the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurleen Mabrey Presidential Professor in 2002.  The Oklahoma Political Science Association honored her as the Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist of the Year in 2000.  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 (1980) is professor of political science and serves as political science coordinator in the Department of Social Science at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  He served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1997 to 2003 and as chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology from 2003 to 2004.  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. Sharp is a referee and member of the editorial board for Oklahoma Politics.

Frank J. Smist, Jr. (1980), during his APSA Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C., conducted over 500 interviews for his dissertation research. The dissertation, Congress Oversees the United States Intelligence Community, 1947-1989, 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 material that encompasses the Bush and Clinton administrations. Frank Smist teaches political science at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

William A. "Doc" Syers (1981) is the Vice President of Congressional Relations for ITT Corporation – a $9 billion company with 34,500 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.  He 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 (1982) 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, and later served on the staff of Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).  He 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.).  Theissen served as senior director of congressional and public affairs, 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.  He is currently president of Joe Theissen and Associates and serves non-profit and corporate clients as a management consultant, policy analyst, and government representative.

Arturo Vega (1983) 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 18 years experience in political science and public policy research and teaching.  He 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 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 (1987) is a graduate of Berry College in Georgia.  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. She is a full-time associate with the law firm Charles W. Miller, P.C. in Columbus, Georgia.

Jean Shumway Warner (1988) received a B.A. in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and spent 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. While she was a Carl Albert Fellow, 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 in 1990-1991 in the offices of Rep. Mary Rose Oakar (D-Ohio) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Warner defended her dissertation, "A Policy Study of Youth Service: Synthesizing Analysis of Policy Content and Policy Process Over Time,” in the summer of 1995. She is the author of a chapter on Oklahoma's governors in two editions of The Almanac of Oklahoma Politics (1998 and 2000), edited by Gary W. Copeland, R. Keith Gaddie, and Craig Williams. Jean 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. In 1998, the Citizens League of Central Oklahoma recognized her as Volunteer of the Year. In 2001, Warner helped the Carl Albert Center establish N.E.W. Leadership-Oklahoma, a five-day summer institute for Oklahoma undergraduate women designed to educate, inspire, and empower them to become political leaders. She served as fundraiser and coordinator of that annual institute during its first three years. In 2006, she launched the Oklahoma Women’s Network website and weblog that celebrate, promote, and empower Oklahoma women and girls through issue advocacy, coalition building, and information sharing. She is legislative chair of the recently formed Oklahoma Women’s Legislative Coalition, an alliance of women’s organizations advocating on behalf of Oklahoma women and girls. She is also an active member of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women’s Advisory Committee and the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma. She 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 (1996) graduated with a B.A. in English and political science from Bethany College in West Virginia. While a Carl Albert Fellow, Williams 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. During his participation in the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program, Williams conducted his 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 Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-Md.), for whom he served as an APSA fellow.  Williams then served as deputy director of policy and deputy chief of staff in Governor Ehrlich’s office in Annapolis, Maryland.  Currently, Williams is a director of global government affairs at Amgen, a role in which he serves as director of policy for state government affairs.  

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