GEORGE C. EDWARDS III is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and Director of The Center for Presidential Studies. He also holds the Jordan Professorship in Liberal Arts and has held visiting appointments at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Peking University in Beijing, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
When he determined that he was unlikely to become shortstop for the New York Yankees, he turned to political science. Today he is one of the country's leading scholars of the presidency and has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited sixteen books on American politics and public policy making, including At the Margins: Presidential Leadership of Congress, Presidential Approval, Presidential Leadership, National Security and the U.S. Constitution, and Implementing Public Policy.
Professor Edwards has served as President of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association and is editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has also received the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from the U.S. Army. A frequent speaker at universities around the country, he often lectures abroad as well.
Professor Edwards also applies his scholarship to practical issues of government. In 1988, he went to Brasilia to advise those writing the new constitution for Brazil. He was an issue leader for the National Academy of Public Administration's Project on the 1988 Presidential Transition, providing advice to the new president. In 1993, he spent 6 weeks in China lecturing on democracy. In 1994, he was a consultant to Russian democratic leaders on building a political party system in that country. Most recently, he is heavily involved in studies for the presidential transition in 2001.
When not writing, speaking, or advising, he prefers to spend his time with his wife Carmella sailing, skiing, scuba diving, traveling, or attending art auctions.
MARTIN P. WATTENBERG is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His first regular paying job was with the Washington Redskins, from which he moved on to receive a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
While at Michigan, Professor Wattenberg authored The Decline of American Political Parties (Harvard University Press), currently in its sixth edition. He is also the author of The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics. In addition, he has contributed many professional articles to journals such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly.
Professor Wattenberg has lectured about American politics on all of the inhabited continents. His travels have led him to become interested in electoral politics around the world. He is currently co-editing two books-one on party systems in the advanced industrialized world, and the other on the recent trend toward mixed-member electoral systems.
ROBERT L. LINEBERRY is Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston and has been its Senior Vice President. He served from 1981 to 1988 as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
A native of Oklahoma City, he received a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1964 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina in 1968. He taught for 7 years at Northwestern University.
Dr. Lineberry has been President of the Policy Studies Section of the American Political Science Association and is currently the editor of Social Science Quarterly. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles in political science. In addition, for the past 30 years he has taught regularly the introductory course in American government.
He has been married to Nita Lineberry for 30 years. They have two children, Nikki, who works in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Keith, who works in Houston, Texas. They have three grandchildren-Lee, Callie, and Hunter.