Joseph A. Pika is James R. Soles professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin and taught previously at SUNY at Buffalo. He is coauthor with Jason D. Mycoff of Conflict & Compromise: Presidential and Congressional Leadership, 2001-2006 and coauthor with John Anthony Maltese and H. Phillips Shively of Government Matters: American Democracy in Context. Pika continues his interests in the vice presidency, relations with interest groups, legislative-executive relations, and education policy. He served for four years as president of the Delaware State Board of Education.
John Anthony Maltese is the Albert B. Saye professor and head of the department of political science at the University of Georgia. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. His books include The Selling of Supreme Court Nominees (1995) and Spin Control: The White House Office of Communications and the Management of Presidential News (1992). He is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and was named the Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Professor Maltese also writes extensively about classical music and won a Grammy Award in 1996 from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.