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Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:American politics, the presidency, public administration
Biography:Burke specializes in American politics, the presidency, and public administration. He has published numerous articles and books that include:of “Becoming President: The Bush Transition, 2000-2003," an in-depth account of George W. Bush's unconventional transition to power and the developments that occurred during the early years of his presidency; “Institutional Presidency: Organizing and Managing the White House from FDR to Clinton” and “Presidential Transitions: From Politics to Practice,” a timely analysis (read by Pres. Bush and candidate Gore's transition teams) of how post-Watergate presidential candidates translate campaign rhetoric into a White House agenda; "How Presidents Test Reality," which won the 1990 Richard Neustadt Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on the American presidency; "Decisions on Vietnam, 1954 and 1965;" "The Institutional Presidency;" and "Advising Ike: The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell." He is sought out by national media for commentary on American politics and, recently, on former Gov. Howard Dean's presidential bid. He has served on the editorial board of Public Administration Review and as a member of the executive committee of the Presidency Research Group, American Political Science Association.