James A. Thurber

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James A. Thurber {"is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. He was the principal investigator of a seven year (1997-2004) grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to study campaign conduct. Dr. Thurber has been a professor at American University since 1974 and was honored as the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1996. He is author and coauthor of numerous books and more than eighty articles and chapters on Congress, congressional-presidential relations, interest groups and lobbying, and campaigns and elections. He is an author or editor of Campaign Consultants, Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Voters in American Elections (with Candice J. Nelson and David A. Dulio, 2005), Campaigns and Elections, American Style (Candice Nelson, 2004, Second Ed.), Congress and the Internet (with Colton Campbell, 2002), Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations (Third Ed., 2005), The Battle for Congress: Consultations, Candidates, and Voters (2001), Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections (with Candice J. Nelson and David A. Dulio, 2000), Campaign Warriors: Political Consultants in Elections (2000), Remaking Congress: The Politics of Congressional Stability and Change (with Roger Davidson, 1995), Divided Democracy: Cooperation and Conflict Between Presidents and Congress (1991), and Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide (with Chaleff, Loomis, and Serota, 1988). Dr. Thurber earned a B.S. in political science from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He has worked on five reorganization efforts for committees in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate for 1976 to present. He was Director of the Washington, DC based Human Affairs Research Centers of the Battelle Memorial Institute and served as acting Dean of the School of Government and Public Administration at American University." [1]

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  1. Academic Council, Center for Global Peace, accessed July 28, 2007.