Congress


Alphabetical List of Experts on Congress

Amy E. Black
Areas of Expertise:
American Politics, Congress
Background:
Amy E. Black is associate professor and chair of the Department of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College (IL). A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Dr. Black earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at M.I.T.  In 2000-2001, Dr. Black served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart (PA-04). Her most recent book is a textbook, Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, edited with Douglas Koopman and Larycia Hawkins (Pearson Longman, 2011). Her other publications include Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics (Baker Books, 2008), From Inspiration to Legislation:  How an Idea Becomes a Law (Prentice Hall, 2007), and, with Douglas Koopman and David Ryden, Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives (Georgetown, 2004).
Contact Information:
E-mail: amy.e.black@wheaton.edu
Phone: (630) 752-5980
Website: Wheaton College Faculty Page
Douglas L. Koopman
Areas of Expertise:
American Politics, Congress
Background:
Dr. Douglas L. Koopman is Professor of Political Science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, teaching in American political institutions and doing research on Congress and religion in American politics.  His most recent book is Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (Pearson, 2010), a reader offering historical and contemporary perspectives on the role of religion in American public life.  He is co-author of Of Little Faith: The Politics of George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives (Georgetown University Press, 2004), and several other works.  His first book was Hostile Takeover: The House Republican Party, 1980-1995 (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996) about the era leading up to the Republican congressional takeover of 1994.  Koopman has been the program director of Calvin College’s Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, interim director of its Center for Social Research, and the college’s William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar-in-Residence.  From 1980 to 1995, Koopman worked in both the House and Senate in personal, committee, and leadership staff roles.
Contact Information:
E-mail: dkoopman@calvin.edu
Phone: (616) 526-6706
Website: Calvin College Faculty Page
John J. Pitney, Jr.
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Congress
Background:
John J. Pitney, Jr., is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He received his B.A. in political science from Union College, where he was co-valedictorian. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Yale, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. From 1978 to 1980, Dr. Pitney worked in the New York State Senate. From 1983 to 1984, as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, he worked for Senator Alfonse D’Amato of New York and the House Republican Policy Committee, chaired by Representative Dick Cheney of Wyoming. From 1984 to 1986, he was senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Research Committee. He joined the Claremont McKenna College faculty in 1986. From 1989 to 1991, during a leave of absence, he worked at the Research Department of the Republican National Committee, first as deputy director, then as acting director. He has written articles for PoliticoThe Weekly StandardThe Wall Street JournalThe Christian Science Monitor, and Roll Call, among others. His scholarly works include The Art of Political Warfare, published in 2000 by the University of Oklahoma Press.  With Joseph M. Bessette, he is coauthor of American Government and Politics: Deliberation, Democracy, and Citizenship (Cengage, 2010).
Contact Information:
Phone: (909) 607-4224

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