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James W. Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science, Reconstructing America, and Nature and History in American Political Development. Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes.

Professor Ceaser has spent much time working in the areas of civic education and democracy studies. He has traveled extensively for the State Department giving lectures on American politics and advising programs designed for the study of American politics. His most important contribution in the area was his role in the planning and establishment of The George C. Marshall Center for European Studies in Garmisch, Germany, for which the United States Army awarded him The Joint Meritorious Unit Award for Total Engagement (1996). Professor Ceaser is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American politics for the Voice of America.



Rita Koganzon is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Her work focuses on childhood, education, and the family in historical and contemporary political thought. Her research has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Review of Politics, and the History of Education Quarterly. She is currently working on a book that examines the changing relationship between familial and political authority in English and French political thought from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.

She received her PhD in Government from Harvard University in 2016 and her BA in History from the University of Chicago in 2007. She has worked as an editorial assistant at the New York Times, and occasionally contributes to popular publications, including the New Atlantis, the Claremont Review of Books, and National Affairs.