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Daniel Carpenter - 2017
Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Director, Social Sciences Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Lecture Title: The American Petition: Sinew of Our Democratic Republic
Book: forthcoming

Keith E. Whittington – 2015
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Lecture Title: The Idea of Democracy in America
Book: forthcoming

Thomas E. Patterson - 2013
The Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Lecture Title: Feeding the Fire: The Media’s Role in Party Polarization
Book: forthcoming

Steven S. Smith - 2011
Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy, Washington University
Lecture Title: The United States Senate: A Distinctive Institution with Distinctive Problems
Book (2014): The Senate Syndrome

Jack N. Rakove - 2009
The William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Stanford University
Lecture Title: James Madison: A Politician Thinking
Book (2017): A Politician Thinking: The Creative Mind of James Madison

Jennifer Hochschild - 2007
H.L. Jayne Professor of Government, Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Lecture Title: Facts, Politics, and Democracy
Book (2015): Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics

Morris P. Fiorina - 2005
Wendt Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Lecture Title: The Great Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in Contemporary America
Book (2009): Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics

Barbara Sinclair - 2003
Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles
Lecture Title: Partisanship, Institutional Transformation, and PR Politics: The Shaping of the Congressional Policy-Making Process
Book (2006): Party Wars: Polarization and the Politics of National Policy Making

Matthew Holden, Jr. - 2001
Henry L. and Grace M. Doherty Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
Lecture Title: Public Administration and Political Power
Book: forthcoming

Theda Skocpol -
1999
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University
Lecture Title: Civic Engagement in America
Book (2004): Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life

Seymour Martin Lipset - 1997 
Hazel Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Public Policy, George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Lecture Title: The Development of Democracy
Book (2004): The Democratic Century

Charles O. Jones - 1995 
Hawkins Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Lecture Title: A Presidency at Risk? 
Book (1999): Clinton and Congress: 1993-1996: Risk, Restoration, and Reelection (out of print)

Richard F. Fenno, Jr. - 1993 
The Kenan Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester
Lecture Title: Senators and Citizens: A View from the Campaign Trail
Book (1996): Senators on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Representation (out of print)

Theodore J. Lowi - 1991 
The John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University
Lecture Title: The End of the Republican Era
Book (1995): The End of the Republican Era

Samuel P. Huntington - 1989 
Director, John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University
Lecture Title: The Third Wave: Democratization in Today's World
Book (1991): The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century

James MacGregor Burns - 1987 
Professor of Political Science, Williams College
Lecture Title: Majority Rule and Individual Rights
Book (1990): Cobblestone Leadership: Majority Rule, Minority Power (out of print)

Barber B. Conable, Jr. - 1985 
Former member of Congress and former president of The World Bank
Lecture Title: The Congress and the Income Tax
Book (1989): Congress and the Income Tax (out of print)

John Brademas - 1983 
Former majority whip of U.S. House and president emeritus of New York University
Lecture Title: Politics, Education and the National Interest
Book (1987): The Politics of Education: Conflict and Consensus on Capitol Hill

All books are published by The University of Oklahoma Press.

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