The Editors

This Collective Memory Project on the Election of 2004 has been, and will continue to be a collaborative effort. In addition to the dozens of scholars who have contributed to the site with original articles, the project has been led by:

Brian Franklin – Project Manager and Editor

Dr. Franklin is the Associate Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History and its Collective Memory Project. For the Election of 2004 Project, he served as managing editor, webmaster, secondary interviewer, administrator, and audio/visual technician. Dr. Franklin’s research focuses on American history in the 18th and early-19th century, particularly on the intersection of religion, region, and politics. His current manuscript-in-progress is America’s Missions: The Home Missions Movement and the Story of the Early Republic.

Mike Nelson

Michael Nelson – Editor and Primary Interviewer

Dr. Nelson served as an editor, and the primary interviewer for the Election of 2004 Project. Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and a Fellow with the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He has published more than twenty-five books and nearly two hundred articles on the presidency, elections, public policy, southern politics, and liberal education. Nelson’s most recent two books include Resilient America: Electing Nixing in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government; and 41: Inside the Presidency of George H.W. Bush, which he co-edited with Barbara A. Perry.
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Aaron Crawford – Assistant Editor

Dr. Crawford is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Presidential History and Associate editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Papers Project at Mississippi State University. He served as the Assistant Editor and as an audio-visual tech for the Election of 2004 Project. Crawford’s research focuses on the Presidency, Political and Constitutional History, and 19th-Century America. He is currently working on the first scholarly edition of The Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, as well as two books of his own: a history of Presidential Memoirs, and a manuscript on John Randolph of Roanoke.

Andrew Oh – Website Editor

Andrew works at the Center for Presidential History. He is an undergraduate student at Southern Methodist University and is majoring in Film and Media Arts.