- Ph.D. Political Science, Michigan State University, 1969
- M.A. Political Science, Michigan State University, 1965
- B.A. Political Science, Michigan State University, 1964
Professor of Politics, received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His chief interest is in policy analysis, focusing on how leaders accumulate the "political capital" to be effective, and how students can learn to become such leaders. He has published a textbook on American politics and policy. He teaches a First Year Seminar on political leadership and various courses on American government especially public policy, electioneering, and the Presidency. In 2005, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Oberlin College.