Nick DeuschleCenter for the Study of the Presidency and Congress’s Presidential Fellowship 2009

NickDeuschleNick Deuschle

This past year, I was offered the opportunity to represent the Political Science Department as Wake Forest University’s Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellow. Along with over eighty other Fellows from across the country, I attended the Center’s Fellows Fall Conference this November in Washington D.C. Among others, the event hosted speakers from the U.S. Department of State, Senator Richard Burr’s congressional staff, the CATO Institute, American University, and former Nixon staffer Egil “Bud” Krogh (my personal favorite as Krogh, a participant in the Watergate scandal, spoke on the imperatives of honesty in public governance). In addition to participating in these speaker panels, we also paid visits to the Supreme Court, the Capital building, and several other D.C. attractions.
The highlight of the conference (if I had to name just one) was the peer presentation group meetings. As part of our fellowship, we were asked to write an original research article relating to the policies and organization of the American Presidency, and the peer presentations allowed Fellows to share and discuss their research on this topic with other Fellows. For me, this experience was invaluable as it provided me with much needed assistance in the construction of my research paper. Overall, my time at the Fellows Conference in Washington, D.C. was both academically fulfilling and insightful, and I am already looking for forward to returning to D.C. for the Center’s upcoming conference this spring.
Please note: Nick’s research paper was included in an anthology of the most outstanding papers produced by the 2009-2010 Presidential Fellows: Nicholas A. Deuschle, “The Double-Edged Sword of Justice: The Department of Justice as a Political Instrument and Administrator of Federal Law,” in Alex J. Douville, and Parry K. VanLandingham, eds., A Dialogue on Presidential Challenges and Leadership (Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress, 2010), 221-239.

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