Saladin M. Ambar is Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science at Lehigh University where he teaches courses on the American presidency and governorship, race and American political development, and political parties and elections. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s PhD program in political science and a former fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Professor Ambar is the author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) . His next book, Malcolm X ad Oxford Union, examines Malcolm X’s participation in the 1964 Oxford Union debate and the politics of national identity in both the United States and United Kingdom (Oxford University Press) . He is currently working on a book on the political thought and life of former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo (American Cicero: Mario Cuomo and the Decline of Liberal Politics in America). Professor Ambar has been active in Lehigh’s Africana Studies program where he has taught courses in Black Political Thought, along with a First Year Seminar on the Political Philosophy of Barack Obama.