George C. Edwards III Symposium

George C. Edwards III Symposium

by Justin S. Vaughn, Boise State University, with contributions from George C. Edwards, Texas A&M University; Karen Hult, Virgina Tech University; William G. Howell, University of Chicago; Richard Waterman, University of Kentucky

In this symposium, which originally took place at the 2016 meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, several colleagues pay homage to George C. Edwards III, who is University Distinguished Professor and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University and editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Edwards pioneered the quantitative study of presidential politics, mentored a generation of presidency scholars, and published more than two-dozen books and over 80 articles and essays that have along the way spurred multiple lines of inquiry in the field of presidential studies. The symposium celebrates the 40th anniversary of Edwards’s paradigm-shifting 1976 APSR article, “Presidential Influence in the House: Presidential Prestige as a Source of Presidential Power.” Contributors include: William Howell (University of Chicago) on Edwards’s original and ongoing epistemological impact on presidency studies, Karen Hult (Virginia Tech University) on changes in the field since Edwards’s seminal article, Richard Waterman (University of Kentucky) on Edwards’s intellectual and personal impact on the field, and symposium editor Justin Vaughn (Boise State University), along with a reflective note from Edwards himself on the quantitative revolution in presidential studies. Read more.

PS: Political Science & Politics / Volume 50, Issue 1 / January 2017