Saladin Ambar is Associate Professor and Chair in the department of Political Science where he teaches courses in American politics on the American presidency and governorship, race and American political development, American political thought, and political parties and elections. He is a 2008 graduate of Rutgers University's PhD program in political science and a 2007 fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Dr. Ambar's latest book, American Cicero: Mario Cuomo and the Defense of Liberalism in America, will be released in June of 2017 by Oxford University Press. Professor Ambar is also the author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) which won the Robert C. and Virginia L. Williamson Prize in the Social Sciences, and Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era (Oxford University Press, 2014), which was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Award for non-fiction. Since his arrival in 2009, Professor Ambar has been active in Lehigh's Africana Studies program where he has taught courses in Black Political Thought, along with a First Year Seminar on the Political Philosophy of Barack Obama.