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Dr. Justin Vaughn

Dr. Justin S. Vaughn is director of the Center for Idaho History & Politics, associate professor of political science at Boise State University, and editor of The Blue Review. A scholar of political institutions, with particular expertise on the American presidency, he has published five books and dozens of journal articles and essays. His books include: Czars in the White House: The Rise of Policy Czars as a Presidential Management Tool (University of Michigan Press, 2015), Controlling the Message? Campaigning in an Information-Rich Environment (New York University Press, 2015), The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (Texas A&M University Press, 2014), Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction (2016, Routledge), and the award-winning Women and the White House: Gender, Presidential Politics, and Popular Culture (University Press of Kentucky, 2012). He has also published articles in journals such as Public Administration, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, Review of Policy Research, Administration & Society, and White House Studies, as well as editorial pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Idaho Statesman. His current research projects include examinations of the strategic dimensions of presidential rhetoric and empirical analyses of how U.S. governors communicate with the public as they seek to sell their policy agendas.

Dr. Vaughn is a member of the Executive Council of the Pacific-Northwest Political Science Association. He has previously twice served on the board of the Presidents & Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association, been co-editor of the Presidents & Executive Politics Report, and served as section chair for the Western Political Science Association (twice) and the Southern Political Science Association. He has also been a board member for APSA’s Politics, Literature, and Film Section and a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency. He has been consulted as an expert on the American presidency by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, CBS, NPR, Politico, the Hill, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Toledo Blade, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, McClatchy, the BBC, Al Jazeera, Danish Broadcasting, ABC (Australia), Ceska Televize (Czech Television), CNBC-Asia, the Guardian (England), La Presse (Canada), Nikkei (Japan), Pravda (Slovakia), El Pais (Spain), Idaho Public Television, Swedish National Radio, WKYC-Cleveland, KCBS-San Francisco, WCPN-Cleveland, WBT-Charlotte, and on-air election night analysis of the 2008 presidential election for the Cleveland, OH FOX affiliate. He frequently appears on Idaho Public Television’s Idaho Reports program. He has also lectured internationally, in academic settings as diverse as Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, Russian, and Slovenia. Dr. Vaughn earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Texas A&M University.