Extended Presenter Biographies

Michael Beschloss
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, best-selling author of nine books, New York Times columnist and Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News and the PBS NewsHour. Beschloss also has the largest Twitter following of any historian on earth (with more than 110,000 followers); his site appears on TIME magazine’s list of the world’s top Twitter feeds. Beschloss serves as the NBC News Presidential Historian—the first time any major TV network created such a position; he appears on all NBC programs.

Joanne B. Ciulla, Ph.D.
Dr. Ciulla is a founding faculty member of the Jepson School and teaches courses on ethics, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and leadership in international contexts. Her books include Ethics, The Heart of Leadership; The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work; and The Ethics of Leadership.

Tom Cronin, Ph.D.
Tom Cronin (Stanford University, PhD) is McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College. He is President Emeritus of Whitman College (1993-2005) and a past Acting President at Colorado College (1991). He has served as President of the Presidency Research Group, President of the Western Political Science Association and on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. He has authored and co-authored best-selling text-books on American government and the American presidency. His latest books are Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox (Paradigm Publishers, 2012); Colorado Politics and Policy: Governing a Purple State, co-authored with Robert D. Loevy (University of Nebraska Press, 2012); and The Paradoxes of the American Presidency, 4th edition, co-authored with Michael A. Genovese (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has published many articles in major political science and public policy journals, as well as in Science, Saturday Review, The New York Times Magazine, TV Guide, and The Daily Beast.

Richard Couto, Ph.D.
Dr. Couto is with Union Institute and a founding faculty member of the Antioch University PhD Program in Leadership and Change. Prior to that he was a founding faculty member of the Jepson School at the University of Richmond, where he held the George M. and Virginia B. Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies, 1991-2002. His many publications, distinguished by several awards, cover community leadership and social change efforts. Dr. Couto was editor of Reflections in Leadership, a volume of chapters by prominent leadership scholars that pay tribute to James MacGregor Burns's book, Leadership. His other books include Political and Civic Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2010, Sage), Making Democracy Work Better: Mediating Structures, Social Capital, and the Democratic Prospect (1999, University of North Carolina Press), and Teaching Democracy by Being Democratic (1996, Praeger)

Susan Dunn, Ph.D. 
Dr. Dunn is the Preston Parish Third Century Professor of Humanities at Williams College where she teaches in the Leadership Studies program. She is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed Sister Revolutions (Faber & Faber/ Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999); Roosevelt’s Purge (Harvard University Press, 2010) winner of the Henry Adams Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History; 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler -- the Election Amid the Storm (Yale University Press, 2013); and two books written with James MacGregor Burns -- The Three Roosevelts (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001) and George Washington: The American Presidents Series (Times Books/Holt, 2004).

Al Goethals, Ph.D.
Dr. Goethals joined the Jepson School faculty in 2006. Before joining the Jepson faculty as holder of the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professorship in Leadership Studies, he held academic and administrative appointments at Williams College, and visiting appointments at the University of Virginia, Princeton University, and Amherst College, among others. Goethals explores leadership from psychological and historical perspectives. His most recent books have focused on Heroes and Heroic Leadership through an examination of leaders throughout history. With Georgia Sorenson and James MacGregor Burns he edited the Encyclopedia of Leadership (Sage, 2004), with Sorenson, The Quest for a General Theory of Leadership (Elgar, 2006).

Gill Robinson Hickman, Ph.D.
Dr. Hickman is professor emerita in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond. Author of many scholarly articles on leadership, Dr. Hickman book publications include The Power of Invisible Leadership, which she authored with Dr. Sorenson (2013, Sage), Leading Change in Multiple Contexts: Concepts and Practices in Organizational, Community, Political, Social, and Global Settings (2010, Sage), and edited Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a new era (2010, Sage).

Ed Larson, Ph.D.
The author of nine books and nearly one hundred published articles, Dr. Larson teaches, lectures, and writes about issues of law, politics, science, and medicine from an historical perspective. Dr. Larson is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and has tremendous success with his most recent book, The Return of George Washington: 1783-1984. He is interviewed frequently for broadcast and print media, including The Daily Show and multiple appearances on PBS, BBC, the History Channel, C-SPAN, and NPR. Dr. Larson is the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair for Pepperdine University’s School of Law and was an inaugural fellow for The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

Georgia Sorenson, Ph.D.
Dr. Sorenson founded the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she is currently a research professor at the Academy of Leadership and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership. An architect of the leadership studies field, Dr. Sorenson is co-editor (with George Goethals and James MacGregor Burns) of the four-volume multi-award winning Encyclopedia of Leadership, published by SAGE Books (2004). Her most recent theoretical work (with Goethals) is The Quest for a General Theory of Leadership (Elgar, 2006). Sorenson serves on the editorial board of numerous refereed journals including Leadership (U.S. Editor), Leadership Quarterly (Associate Editor) and Leadership Review. Her most recent book, Strategic Leadership, A General’s Art (with Mark Grandstaff) on military leadership, came out in early 2009.

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