Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College. He has published twenty-two books, the most recent of which are How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation, with John Mason (2008) The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776–2007, with Sidney Milkis (2007), The Presidency and the Political System, 8th ed. (2006), and The Elections of 2004 (2005). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Politics and Political Science Quarterly and in periodicals such as Newsweek, the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Although most of his articles have been about American politics and government, he also has written about C. S. Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Charles Dickens, Garrison Keillor, and baseball. More than 50 of these articles have been reprinted in anthologies of political science, history, and English composition. He is editor of the American Presidential Elections book series for the University Press of Kansas and is currently writing a book about the 1968 election.