MindTap® Political Science, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Geer/Schiller/Segal/Herrera's Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government, 3rd Edition

  • John G. Geer Vanderbilt University
  • Wendy J. Schiller Brown University
  • Jeffrey A. Segal Stony Brook University
  • Richard Herrera Arizona State University
  • ISBN-10: 1305084640  |  ISBN-13: 9781305084643
  • Prior Releases: 2014, 2012
  • © 2016 | Published
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Unit 1: The Democratic Republic
Unit 2: The Constitution
Unit 3: Federalism
Unit 4: Civil Liberties
Unit 5: Civil Rights
Unit 6: Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Unit 7: The Media in Politics
Unit 8: Interest Groups
Unit 9: Political Parties
Unit 10: Elections and Campaigns
Unit 11: Voting
Unit 12: Congress
Unit 13: The Presidency
Unit 14: The Bureaucracy
Unit 15: The Judiciary
Unit 16: Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy and National Security

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    ISBN-10: 1285858530 | ISBN-13: 9781285858531

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

John G. Geer

John G. Geer (Ph.D., Princeton University) is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. Geer is the former editor of The Journal of Politics. He has published numerous articles and several books, including IN DEFENSE OF NEGATIVITY, which won the Goldsmith Book prize from Harvard University in 2008. He has provided extensive commentary in the news media on politics, including live nationwide interviews for FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, and NPR. Geer has also written op-ed pieces for Politico, The Washington Post, the LA Times, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. He teaches a range of undergraduate classes, including Introduction to American Government. In 2005, he won The College of Arts and Sciences' Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2009, he won Vanderbilt University's Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. In 2014, he won the Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award.

Wendy J. Schiller

Wendy Schiller (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University (Twitter acct @profwschiller). She did her undergraduate work in political science at the University of Chicago, served on the staffs of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Governor Mario Cuomo, and completed Fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Princeton University. At Brown, she teaches popular courses titled The American Presidency, Introduction to the American Political Process, and Congress and Public Policy. Among books she has authored or co-authored are THE CONTEMPORARY CONGRESS (Thomson-Wadsworth) and PARTNERS AND RIVALS: REPRESENTATION IN U.S. SENATE DELEGATIONS (Princeton University Press). She has also published in academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Politics. Her most recent book is ELECTING THE SENATE: INDIRECT DEMOCRACY BEFORE THE 17TH AMENDMENT. She is a frequent contributor to major national news outlets and is the political analyst for WJAR10, the local NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jeffrey A. Segal

Jeffrey A. Segal (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Political Science Department Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University. He has recently been Senior Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. He has also been Global Research Fellow at New York University's Hauser Global Law School Program and Fellow of the Law and Social Sciences Program at Northwestern University. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New York State Assembly. Segal is the author of eight books, including SENATE ELECTIONS (1992, with Alan Abramowitz) and ADVICE AND CONSENT: THE POLITICS OF JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS (2005, with Lee Epstein). He teaches undergraduate courses on American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Supreme Court Decision Making. He has received several awards, including Green Bag's award for Exemplary Legal Writing (2008) and an award sponsored by the American Bar Association for innovative teaching and instructional methods (2008). In 2012, Segal was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Richard Herrera

Richard Herrera (Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara) is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director for the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). He teaches courses in American Politics, American Political Parties, and American Politics and Film. Herrera directs the ASU Capital Scholars Washington, DC Summer Internship program for ASU and coordinates the ASU-McCain Institute for International Leadership Internship Program. He has contributed articles to the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and State Politics and Policy Quarterly. His current research interests are focused on U.S. governors-their ideology, policy agendas, and representative functions.