Mary E. Stuckey


On her book Jimmy Carter,Human Rights,and the National Agenda

Cover Interview of June 28, 2009


I think this book is significant for two reasons.

First, there is so much smart work in the world that it is almost impossible to keep up with your own field, much less get into a field where you aren’t comfortable.  I’m lucky because I’ve always been at the intersection of different areas.  That is not to say that I am the expert in any one of them, but I am aware of the work in a lot of different fields.  So I was able to synthesize some of the most important ideas from several different subfields.  Hopefully, the book brings some insight that we wouldn’t otherwise have.

Second, I think it is important for us to understand how the presidency really works in relation to the mass public.  When are presidents persuasive?  How does that persuasion work?  What are the consequences?  The presidency looms so large in public affairs and the stakes are so high that any insight we can muster on the institution is important.

© 2009 Mary Stuckey