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Professor Jackson (Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 1971) joined the Department of Political Science in 1969 as an Instructor. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Political Science and a Visiting Professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Jackson served in a variety of administrative capacities in the university including Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chancellor. Jackson taught a variety of courses in the American government field including political parties, state and local government, the chief executive, and the legislative process. His research interests include parties and public opinion, congressional and presidential elections, state and local government and politics, and political leadership. He is currently involved in a national study of convention delegates with John C. Green of the University of Akron and this longitudinal study extends from 1976 through 2008. He is co-author of two books on presidential elections with William Crotty and co-author of one monograph on Illinois primaries with David Everson and Nancy Clayton. Jackson has published articles in the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Polity, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Western Political Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Quarterly. Jackson has also contributed chapters to a number of books in his field. He is a frequent commentator on campaigns and elections in local, state and national media outlets. He recently had a new book published by the Brookings Institution entitled The American Political Party System: Continuity and Change Over Ten Presidential Elections.