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Tobin Craig is Associate Professor in the Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy major and Director of the Science, Technology, Environment, and PUblic Policy minor (STEPP) at James Madison College, Michigan State University.  He received his B.A. (1999) and M.A. (2001) from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D. (2005) from Boston College. 

Dr. Craig's teaching and research focuses on the intersection of modern technological natural science and modern political thought.  Trained as a political theorist, with a focus on early modern political philosophy and the thought of Francis Bacon in particular, his schoarly work explores the arguments for the encouragement and institutionalization of scientific and technological innovation, and the political challenges posed by institutionalization of a methodical, progressive, and technologically-oriented science of nature.  He has published essays on the relationship of modern natural science and utopianism, both in the work of Francis Bacon as well as more generally, and about the challenge of bringing science and scientific expertise into policy making in a democracy.

He was recently awarded an "Enduring Questions" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of an undergraduate seminar course on the question, "What is the good of science?"  He is currently at work on a monograph on Francis Bacon's project for a technologically-oriented natural science. 

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Benjamin A. Kleinerman is Associate Professor of Constutitional Democracy at James Madison College, Michigan State University.  Professor Kleinerman received his B.A. from Kenyon College in Political Science and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Political Science.  Professor Kleinerman is a former Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on Consitutional Government at Harvard University, and is a former Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  His research currently focuses mostly on the relationship between executive power and the constutitonal order.  He has published articles on this subject on Perspectives on Politics (APSA), American Political Science Review, and several edited volumes.  Professor Kleinerman's first book, The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power published by the University Press of Kansas, has been reviewed in The New Republic and Political Science Quarterly.  He is currently working on a second book that continues the investigation of executive power currently titled, Becoming Commander-in-Chief: A Constitutional Success Story.  He has published on other subjects including literature and politics and American political history.  

Professor Kleinerman teaches courses on both political thought and political instutitons. 

 

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Shikha Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Dalmia is a Bloomberg View contributor, a columnist at The Week, and writes regularly for Reason magazine. She also writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications such as the Times of London, Time, USA Today and The Daily Beast. She previously served as a columnist for Forbes and the Washington Examiner.

Dalmia was co-winner of the first 2009 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for her columns in Forbes and Reason.  

From 1996 to 2004, Dalmia was as an award-winning editorial writer at the Detroit News, covering a variety of policy issues, including the environment, immigration, Social Security, welfare reform, health care and foreign policy. She also worked as a reporter for the Patriot, a national daily newspaper based in New Delhi, India, where she grew up and earned her B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from the University of Delhi.

Dalmia frequently appears on Fox Business Network, BBC Business Matters, MSNBC and other television and radio outlets.

Dalmia, who taught news writing courses at Michigan State University, earned a Master's degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. She also holds a post graduate diploma in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications.

She lives in the Detroit area with her husband and son.