"This is one of those pioneering efforts in the political science field that deserves wide readership and notice. A job well done!" -- Voice of Reason
"Using both case study and survey research methodologies, Professor Deckman addresses this important but understudied topic with sensitivity and skill. In so doing, she makes an important contribution to our understanding of Christian Right candidates in school board politics." -- Corwin Smidt, director of The Henry Institute, Department of Political Science, Calvin College
"This pathbreaking work explores one of the most significant manifestations of religio-political activism in the United States today: the school board candidacies of Christian Right identifiers. Deckman is substantively and methodologically authoritative in her study of these candidates and their motivations." -- Laura R. Olson, associate professor of political science, Clemson University
Melissa M. Deckman is assistant professor of political science at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.