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THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: A SIMULATION FOR STUDENTS is a student- and teacher-friendly simulation guide written by a professor who has actually worked in Congress. No longer is it necessary to consult friends and colleagues to find a simulation that provides a truly meaningful classroom experience to move beyond the typical lecture format. This simulation is an innovative teaching technique, allowing students to pursue the study of the traditional material of a Congress course in new and exciting ways.

Lauren Cohen Bell, Randolph-Macon College

Lauren Cohen Bell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Professor Bell received her B.A. from the College of Wooster and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bell's research areas include Congress, the Judiciary, inter-branch relationships, mediating institutions, and drug and health care policy. Dr. Bell was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow during the 105th Congress and her publications include: "WARRING FACTIONS: SENATORS, NOMINEES, AND INTEREST GROUPS IN THE FEDERAL APPOINTMENT PROCESS" (Ohio State University Press, 2002); "WOMEN CONGRESSIONAL STAFF: POLICY CONTRIBUTIONS AND CONSTRAINTS" (with Cindy Simon-Rosenthal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2003) and "SENATORIAL DISCOURTESY: THE SENATE'S USE OF DELAY TO SHAPE THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY" (Political Research Quarterly, 2001). Courses taught include Introduction to American Government, Congress, The Presidency, Political Analysis, Constitutional Law, Introduction to Public Policy, and Race and Gender in American Politics.
1. Introduction.
2. The Legislative Process.
3. The Simulation.
4. Resources for Further Study.
Appendix 1: Sample Bills.
Appendix 2: Sample "Dear Colleague" Letters.
Appendix 3: Getting a Job or Internship in the Congress.

"The text is organized in a way that is user-friendly to the instructor and the student."

"I like the detailed information provided about the legislative process and different committees."

"I think the book is accessible and unintimidating and thus well-written for undergraduates. It neither talks down to students nor overwhelms them."

"Overall, I think this an excellent and very comprehensive simulation that is not particularly time bound so it should be useful in perpetuity."

"Overall…this guide is a welcome addition to the textbook world and one that will find a home in many professors’ offices."