Areas of Expertise
Florida Politics, Southern Politics, American Presidency
Ph.D. 1995 Political Science; University of Florida. Fields: American Politics; Public Policy/Administration.
M.A. 1991 Political Science; University of Florida.
B.A. 1987 Government/International Relations; University of Notre Dame, With Honors
American Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association
Symposium of Southern Politics
Florida Political Science Association, past President (twice)
Publications & Presentations
Race, Religion and Economic Change in the Republican South: A Case Study of a Southern City. (University Press of Florida). September 2007. Based upon survey data with over 2000 Southerners. The book examines the consequences of partisan change in the South regarding race, religion and economics.
American Royalty: The Bush and Clinton Families and the Danger to the American Presidency. (Palgrave Macmillan). May 2008. Examines the problems with combining family legacies with the American Presidency. The book advances two main ideas. 1) Multiple presidencies in the same family violate democratic norms and go against the intentions of most of the founders. 2) Family issues and pressures negatively impact presidential policymaking.
Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida. University Press of Florida. 2014. This book explores the political factors that allowed Jeb Bush to become the most powerful governor in Florida history. This study examines Bushâ€Ÿs impact on the policy areas of education, social policy, and administrative policy. Available at amazon.com.
Articles and Book Chapters (Selected)
“Interest Groups in Florida.” in Florida Politics and Government, Edward Benton, editor and contributor (University Press of Florida) 2008.
“Congressâ€Ÿ Rejection of Nominees for Office Damages a Presidentâ€Ÿs Political Standing” in “Debating the Presidency.” Robert Watson and David Freeman eds. (Kendall Hunt Publishing) 2005.
“Strong Moral Character is Essential for a President to be Successful - Con Position, in Debating the Issues with Pamela Zeiser. Robert Watson ed. (Kendall Hunt Publishing) 2005.
“Black Democrats, White Republicans, the Politics of Northeast Florida” in Florida Politics:Ten Media Markets, One Powerful State.” Kevin Hill, Susan Macmanus, Dario Moreno eds. (Floridaâ€Ÿs Institute of Government) 2004.
"Top-Down Republicanism in the South: A View from the Local Level (Revised and Reprinted) in Mapping Florida’s Political Landscape. Susan Macmanus editor, (Floridaâ€Ÿs Institute of Government) 2003.
Professional Papers and Conference Presentations (Selected):
“Jeb Bush and Education Policy.” Presented at the annual meeting of Georgia Political Science Association in Savannah Georgia, November 2011.
“Jeb Bush as an activist Conservative Governor” at the Florida Political Science Association annual meeting in March 2010.
“Whatâ€Ÿs the Matter with Democrats: a Response to Robert Frank” at the Florida Political Science Association annual meeting in Miami, Florida – April 8th 2006.
“The Strange Case of Katherine Harris” with Katie Chenard and Andrew Hambridge (UNF students) at the Florida Political Science Association annual meeting in Miami, Florida – April 8th 2006.
“Race and Religion in the Politics of a Southern City” at the Biennial Symposium of Southern Politics, Charleston, South Carolina – March 4t and 5th 2006.
“Race and Partisanship in Southern Elections” – Invited Discussant at the Biennal Symposium of Southern Politics, Charleston, South Carolina – March 4t and 5th 2006.
“Race and Morality in the Politics of a Southern City.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Political Science Association; Tallahassee, FL. March 12, 2005.