I’ve published eleven books and almost 200 essays on topics ranging from American history to health care policy to Harry Potter. My first book, The Democratic Wish, was named a “notable book of 1991” by The New York Times and won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book on US national policy. Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and named a top book of 2003 by numerous newspapers and magazines. Here’s my favorite combination: it was a top ten book of the year for Christianity Today (the largest circulation evangelical journal) and received a one-page spread in Playboy magazine. The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office (co-authored with David Blumenthal, MD) was on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. According to unreliable sources, President Obama was seen reading the book at Camp David.
I’ve testified before Congress eight times, spent one weekend with the Senate Democrats at their annual policy conference and another with the newly elected members of the House at their orientation (where I briefed them on health policy). I’m a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, have been on the editorial boards of eleven journals (chairing two), and have been president of both the New England Political Science Association and the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. Over my career, I’ve raised 7 million dollars in research funds.
I spend most of my time, when I’m not teaching, in rural New Hampshire. I’ve been elected to very minor positions (like a trustee of the local library). I’m especially proud of my canned tomatoes and red-hot peppers.