Alan Draper received his BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, his MA and Ph. D. in political science at Columbia University, and is currently a Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. His published work includes: A Rope of Sand: The AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, 1955-1967 (Praeger,1989); and Conflict of Interest: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-1968 (Cornell University Press, 1994), which was awarded the Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights in North America from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America, 1997. He is also a co-author of two textbooks, The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government with Ira Katznelson and Mark Kesselman which is in its 6th edition (2011); and The Good Society: An Introduction to Comparative Politics which was just published in its second edition. He is on the Editorial Board of Labor History and was appointed a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Innsbruck for Spring 2011.