Nancy J. Altman is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a lecturer on law at the Harvard Law School. In 1982, she was Alan Greenspan's assistant in his position as chairman of the bipartisan commission that developed the 1983 Social Security amendments. She has also been a legislative assistant to Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo) and a tax lawyer with Covington & Burling. A graduate of Radcliffe College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she is the author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble (Wiley 2005).
Ed Berkowitz is Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. He writes on the history of social welfare policy. The most recent of his ten books is Something Happened: A Political and Culture Overview of the Seventies (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006). Personal Web Page
Martha Derthick retired in 1999 from the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where she was the Julia Allen Coop Professor. She is the author of numerous books on American government, including: Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy (editor, 1999) ; Agency Under Stress: The Social Security Administration in American Government (1990); The Politics of Deregulation (with Paul J. Quirk, 1985); and Policymaking for Social Security (1979), which won the Kammerer Prize of the American Political Science Association as the best book of the year on American public policy. Before going to the University of Virginia, she was for twelve years a member of the Governmental Studies Program of The Brookings Institution, and was the program's director between 1978 and 1983. She has also taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Boston College.
Larry DeWitt is the public historian at the U.S. Social Security Administration, a post he has held since 1995. Mr. DeWitt is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Society for History in the Federal Government, and is a past Fellow at the Council for Excellence in Government. Larry completed his M.A. in Historical Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and is currently a doctoral student in Public Policy, also at UMBC. History of Social Security Web Page
Marc Eisner is Henry Merritt Wriston Chair of Public Policy and Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. Eisner's research focuses on regulation, public policy, and American political economy. His most recent work focuses on the potential role of corporate environmental management, associations, and standards-based self-regulation in regulatory reform. Personal Web Page
Beverly Gage is an assistant professor of 20th-century U.S. political history at Yale University. Her teaching and research focus on the evolution of American political ideology and political institutions, including the history of terrorism and violent conflict within the U.S., communism and anticommunism, and American conservatism. In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Gage has written for numerous magazines and journals, including The Nation and Salon.com. She is currently completing a book on the politics of terrorism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, to be published by Oxford University Press. Personal Web Page
Brian J. Glenn is an American political development scholar who studies the ways in which Americans protect themselves and one another in times of need. He has written over a dozen articles in publications such as Studies in American Political Development, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, the Law & Society Review, and Political Studies Review. His work has received awards from the American Risk & Insurance Association, the Law & Society Association, and the New England Political Science Association. Brian teaches in the Department of Government at Hamilton College. Personal Web Page
Richard A. Harris is a faculty member at Rutgers University-Camden campus where he holds a joint appointment in Political Science and the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration. He is also the founder and Director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, a campus center that brings together faculty and students from Social Sciences, Law and Business to collaborate on applied research and policy analysis. He has published in the areas of business-government relations and regulatory policy with an emphasis on historical/institutional analysis. His current research, with Rutgers colleague Dr. Daniel Tichenor, examines the development of interest group systems in the United States and has led to a publication that received both the Mary Parker Follett and Jack Walker Awards for best article. The project will culminate in a manuscript for Cambridge University Press, “Abiding Interests.” Personal Web Page
Jeffrey R. Henig is Professor of Political Science & Education at Teachers College and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He is the author or co-author of Neighborhood Mobilization: Redevelopment and Response (Rutgers, 1982), Public Policy and Federalism (St. Martins, 1985), Rethinking School Choice: Limits of the Market Metaphor (Princeton, 1994), Shrinking the State: The Political Underpinnings of Privatization (Cambridge, 1998), The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics and the Challenge of Urban Education (Princeton, 1999), which the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association named the best book written on urban politics in 1999; and Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools (Kansas, 2001), which the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association named the best book written on urban politics in 2001. He is the co-editor of Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race, and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools (Princeton 2004). Currently, he is studying and writing about the political dynamics surrounding charter schools. Personal Web Page
Kevin R. Kosar is an analyst at the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress. Previously, he lectured at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and at the School for Public Affairs and Administration at Metropolitan College of New York. Kosar is the author of Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2005). He earned his doctorate in politics at New York University. Personal Web Page
Judith Layzer is assistant professor of environmental policy in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Judy received her Ph.D. in political science from MIT and spent four years at Middlebury College before returning to MIT in 2003. Her research focuses on how advocates use scientific ideas and information in their efforts to influence U.S. environmental politics. Ongoing projects explore the impact of science-based stories on environmental policymaking; the extent to which collaborative, ecosystem-scale management initiatives yield environmental benefits; and the relationship among business interests, conservative ideas, and environmental policy in the U.S. Personal Web Page
Theodore (Ted) Marmor, Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Yale School of Management and Professor of Political Science at Yale University, is noted for scholarship that primarily concerns the politics of welfare state policy disputes in North America and Western Europe. His work has particularly emphasized the major spending programs, which is reflected in the second edition of The Politics of Medicare (Aldine de Gruyter, 2000) and the book he wrote with colleagues Mashaw and Harvey in the early l990s, America's Misunderstood Welfare State (Basic Books, l992). Professor Marmor began his public career as a special assistant to Wilbur Cohen (Secretary of HEW) in the mid-1960s. He was associate dean of Minnesota's School of Public Affairs, a faculty member at the University of Chicago, the head of Yale's Center for Health Services, a member of President Carter's Commission on the National Agenda for the 1980s, and a senior social policy advisor to Walter Mondale in the Presidential campaign of 1984. He has testified before Congress about medical care reform, social security, and welfare issues, as well as being a consultant to government and non-profit agencies. Personal Web Page
David R. Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of Party Loyalty among Congressmen; Congress: The Electoral Connection; Placing Parties in American Politics; Divided We Govern; America's Congress; and Electoral Realignments. He has held APSA Congressional, Guggenheim, Hoover National, and Sherman Fairchild fellowships, is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Award for career work on political parties and the James Madison Award for career achievement in political science. Personal Web Page
Patrick McGuinn is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drew University. His research interests are in education and social welfare policy, American political development, and the policymaking process. His work on education policy has been published in Publius, The Public Interest, Teacher's College Record, Educational Policy, and the Journal of Policy History, and his book No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005 will be published by the University Press of Kansas in the spring of 2006. Personal Web Page
Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. His major fields of teaching and research are tort law; immigration, citizenship, and refugee law; groups, diversity, and law; and administrative law. He has written on a broad range of other public policy topics. His most recent book is Meditations of a Militant Moderate: Cool Views on Hot Issues, and he is the author of more than 100 articles that have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly, professional, and popular journals. He is a member of the American Law Institute's advisory committee for the Restatement of Torts (Third), Basic Principles, and is a contributing editor to The American Lawyer. Personal Web Page
Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University. His research concerns American national institutions and American political history. His publications include The Search for American Political Development (with Karen Orren), Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920, and The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, 1997. He is a managing editor of the journal Studies in American Political Development, and is currently working on a book entitled, The Search for American Political Development. Personal Web Page
Steven Teles is a Visiting Fellow with the Center for the Study of American Politics at the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He is the author of Whose Welfare? AFDC and Elite Politics (University Press of Kansas, 1998), and co-editor of Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy (with Tariq Modood and Glenn C. Loury, Cambridge University Press, 2005). He is currently completing a book on the evolution of the conservative legal movement and beginning a project on integrating political analysis into policy analysis. He has also written journal articles and book chapters on international free market think tanks, normative issues in policy analysis, pensions and affirmative action policy in Britain, U.S.-China policy, and federalism. He has taught at Brandeis, Boston University, Holy Cross, and Hamilton colleges, and been a research fellow at Harvard, Princeton and the University of London.