MARILYN E. LASHLEY is an Assistant Professor in the Public Policy concentration of the Afro-American Studies Program at the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Lashley earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago with the dissertation "Predilection for Predictability: An Analysis of Decision Making in Government-Financed Organizations." She holds M.A. degrees in Public Policy and Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Millikin University. Her teaching and research interests include public policy analysis and public management, comparative public policy, and broadcasting policy. Ms. Lashley has published Public Television: Panacea, Pork Barrel, or Public Trust? and several journal articles.
MELANIE NJERI JACKSON is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Jackson earned a Ph.D. from Atlanta University with the dissertation "Political Economy of Health: A Case Study of the Disfranchisement of Naturopaths in Georgia." She earned an M.A. in Political Science from Atlanta University and a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University. Her research and teaching interests include American government, comparative politics, political theory and the politics of health care. Ms. Jackson's publications include "Achieving Sex Equity for Minority Women," in Handbook for Achieving Sex Equity Through Higher Education, edited by Susan S. Klein.
CLAUDE W. BARNES, JR., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at North Carolina A&T State University. Mr. Barnes earned a Ph.D. from Clark Atlanta University with the dissertation "Political Power and Economic Dependence: An Analysis of Atlanta's Black Urban Regime." He earned an M.A. in Political Science from Atlanta University