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.