Robert J. Spitzer, Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at SUNY Cortland, is the author of fourteen books, including four on the presidency, and four on gun control, and over 400 scholarly articles, book chapters, reviews, papers, and essays. He is Series Editor for the Book Series on American Constitutionalism published by SUNY Press. He has testified before Congress, participated in meetings at the White House, and has had his work cited in federal courts. In the 1980s, he served as a member of the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. Spitzer was elevated to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor in 1997, received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2003, Cortland's Outstanding Achievement in Research Award in 2005 and 2010, and is a former President of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association.