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Andrew Busch

Crown Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College

Andrew E. Busch is Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), where he teaches courses on American politics and government. He is the author or co-author of more than two dozen scholarly chapters and articles, as well as 13 books, including Horses in Midstream: U.S. Midterm Elections and Their Consequences, 1894-1998; Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom; The Front-Loading Problem in Presidential Nominations; The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America’s Founding Document; Truman’s Triumphs: The 1948 Election and the Making of Postwar America; and After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics. Busch served as associate dean of faculty at CMC from 2006-09 and in 2009-10 was the Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is currently director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at CMC. Busch received a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.


Lawrence Mead

Professor of Political Science, New York University

Lawrence Mead is a professor at New York University where he teaches courses in American politics and public policy. Best known as one of the theoretical architects of the welfare reform the 1990s, he has written several influential books on sound welfare policy including Beyond Entitlement: The Social Obligations of Citizenship, The New Politics of Poverty: The Nonworking Poor in America, and Government Matters: Welfare Reform in Wisconsin. His current research examines the moral and theological issues surrounding helping the poor, and his recent monograph from the American Enterprise Institute Values and Capitalism project, From Prophecy to Charity: How to Help the Poor, critiques the moral presuppositions of past and current policies to alleviate poverty and provides a framework for a proven approach to helping those in need: charity rooted in love. Mead holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Jean Schroedel

Professor of Political Science, Claremont Graduate University

Jean Schroedel is a professor in the Department of Politics and Policy at Claremont Graduate University. Her areas of specialization include policy making at the state and national level, religion and politics, women and politics, and American political development. She has an extensive publication record including articles in journals, such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Women, Politics & Policy, Policy Studies Journal, and Studies in American Political Development, as well as five books. In 2001, the American Political Science Association gave her the Victoria Schuck Prize for her book, Is the Fetus a Person? A Comparison of Policies Across the Fifty States. In 2009, the Russell Sage Foundation published a two-volume collection, Evangelicals and Democracy in America, co-edited by Schroedel. She currently is working on two major projects: a multi-year study of voting right litigation involving Native Americans, and a collaborative project with students exploring presidential candidates’ use of different forms of rhetorical constructs including those designed to appeal to religious communities. Schroedel holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


David L. Weeks

Dean of the Honors College, Azusa Pacific University

David L. Weeks is the founding dean of the new Honors College at Azusa Pacific University. He has served as a professor of political science at APU for 30 years and as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 17 years. He has published articles and chapters in the Journal of Church and State, Christian Scholar's Review, The Encyclopedia of Political Science, Evangelicals in the Public Square, The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, and The Christian College Phenomenon. He co-edited The Liberal Arts in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions, Exploring Possibilities. He has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Centre for Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, England, and as a Salvatori fellow in Washington, DC, and studied at Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education. He received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Koch Charitable Foundation, Louisville Institute, and the Earhart Foundation. Weeks holds a B.S. from Indiana Wesleyan, an M.A. from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago.