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Expert on Executive Power to Speak at Mercer on Thursday

February 23, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037,

MACON — Political scientist Dr. Jeremy D. Bailey, an expert on executive power in the United States, will deliver a lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Medical School Auditorium on Mercer University’s Macon campus. The lecture, titled “Is a Strong Executive Threatening to Liberty: Hamilton and Jefferson,” is sponsored by Mercer’s Center for the Teaching of America’s Western Foundations and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bailey is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in political science at the University of Houston and is author of the book Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press, 2007).  He is currently writing a book on James Madison and the Constitution and is under contract as co-author of a book, to be released in 2012, titled The Removal Power: Dilemmas in American Constitutional Development.

Dr. Bailey’s research examines how the tension between constitutionalism and political change transforms, and, is in turn, altered by political theorists who are also political actors. His current work focuses on democratic theories of executive power, as well as the project on James Madison and the problem of public opinion. In addition to his books, his research has also been accepted or published in a number of leading journals, including American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly and Publius: The Journal of Federalism

Dr. Bailey joined the University of Houston in 2007, and holds a dual appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Honors College. He received his B.A from Rhodes College and his Ph.D. from Boston College, where his dissertation was the 2004 co-winner of the American Political Science Association’s E. E. Schattschneider Prize for best dissertation in American politics.

About the Mercer Center for the Teaching of America’s Western Foundations
Mercer’s Center for the Teaching of America’s Western Foundations seeks to provide a new generation of citizens with knowledge of, and appreciation for, the founding principles, values and history of our nation. The Great Books of the West were the education of the American Founders, and America’s freedom and prosperity fundamentally come from the ideas, values, and principles that the Founders’ Great Books explore. To that end, the Center seeks to promote the study and teaching of these foundational works and strengthen the knowledge and understanding of the cultural-intellectual inheritance of America. Mercer is one of a select few colleges or universities in the country and the only one in Georgia that has a Great Books of Western Civilization program as part of its general education curriculum. The Center complements this curriculum with programs including lecture series and campus conferences, and seeks to reinforce the importance of traditional liberal-arts education.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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