James W. Riddlesperger, Jr., is professor of political science at Texas Christian University. He teaches American politics, with interests in Congress, the presidency, and Texas politics. An award winning teacher, he also has published 35 research articles and two dozen entries in encyclopedias. He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937-1989
(Texas A&M Press, 2009), Texas Politics
(Cengage, 2010), Presidential Leadership and Civil Rights Policy
(Greenwood, 1995), winner of the Aaron Wildavsky book award, and Preparing for the United States Government and Politics AP Exam
. A frequent consultant to the news media concerning politics and elections, he is president of the Southwestern Political Science Association.
Anthony Champagne is professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas where he has taught since 1979. Dr. Champagne is the winner of three teaching awards and the University of Texas System Regents Teaching Award. He has written about legal representation of the poor, the election of judges, Texas politics, and Congressional history. Among his written work on Texas politics and congressional history is Congressman Sam Rayburn (Rutgers University Press, 1984). He also wrote Sam Rayburn: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1988). His most recent book is The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937-1989 (Texas A&M University Press, 2009), which was written with Douglas Harris, James Riddlesperger, and Garrison Nelson.