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WIU Political Science Expert Available for Presidential, Vice Presidential Debate Commentary

Released: 10/9/2012 12:45 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: Western Illinois University
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Richard J. (Rick) Hardy, Ph.D.
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Professor of Political Science
Interim Director of the WIU Centennial Honors College

Availability: Contact him at his WIU office at (309) 298-2228 or via his mobile phone via (573) 268-7422.

Richard J. (Rick) Hardy is professor of political science and interim director of the Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University. He earned his B.A. (with "honors") from Western Illinois University; his M.A. from the University of North Dakota; and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has served on the faculties of Northern State University, Duke University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has taught courses in American politics, Constitutional law, Civil Rights, the U.S. Supreme Court, federalism, state government, policy evaluation methods, and civic leadership.

Hardy has received more than 50 significant teaching and civic leadership awards; has conducted over 100 workshops on constitutional law; and has delivered approximately 800 invited speeches to high schools, colleges, and civic organizations throughout the nation. He has held numerous administrative positions; served on many civic boards and government commissions; spearheaded several statewide reform drives; was a nominee for U.S. Congress and a member of the Electoral College; has served as a political analyst for numerous media outlets (e.g., CNN, NBC News, FOX News, Associated Press); and has been quoted in major news outlets (e.g., "Newsweek," "USA Today," "The New York Times," and the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch").

Hardy has published or edited seven books (including "Government in America" [Houghton Mifflin] and "Civic Education" [Pearson]). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science; Law and Policy Quarterly; Publius—The Journal of Federalism; Teaching Political Science; Journal of Conflict Resolution; Policy Studies Journal; Journal of Political Science Education; Presidential Studies Quarterly; Journal of College and Character; and PS: Political Science and Politics.

His WIU faculty page is available at http://www.wiu.edu/cas/Political_Science/faculty/hardy.php

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