MEGAN MING FRANCIS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty at UW, Francis was on the faculty at Pepperdine University for four years. Francis’s work sits at the intersection of American politics, race, constitutional law, and history. She is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). CHRISTOPHER PARKER'S first book, Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (Princeton University Press, 2009), winner of the American Political Science Association's Ralph J. Bunche Award, takes a fresh approach to the civil rights movement by gauging the extent to which black veterans contributed to social change. A second book, Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton University Press, 2013), explores the beliefs, attitudes, and behavior of the Tea Party.