In this blog, a political scientist and an English professor discuss and analyze intersections of politics and language. In the analyses, no part of the political spectrum is considered to be sacred.
William Thomas Haltom, a native of Ballard (a suburb of Seattle) earned a BA, an MA, and a PhD in political science at University of Washington in 1975, 1978, 1984, respectively. He is the author of Reporting on the Courts: How the Mass Media Cover Judicial Issues (Chicago: Nelson Hall, 1998) and the co-author, with Michael McCann, of Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).
Haltom’s article, “The Laws of God, the Laws of Man: Power, Authority, and Influence in ‘Cool Hand Luke,'” interpreted politics and politicking from popular culture and high culture [A. E. Housman]. He teaches courses on American political science, Constitutional Law, and civil liberties.
William Haltom has taught at the University of Washington, the Univeristy of Vermont, Passau University (Germany), and the University of Puget Sound. He has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institute.
Hans Ostrom is Professor of African American Studies and English at the University of Puget Sound, where he teaches creative writing, African American literature, poetry, and the first-year seminar in writing and rhetoric. He is author of A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2002), and with Wendy Bishop, he co-edited Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, and Alternatives (Boynton-Cook/Heinemann, 1997). He is also author of The Coast Starlight: Collected Poems 1976-2006, and with J. David Macey, he edited The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature (5 volumes, 2005). His novel, Honoring Juanita, was published in 2010.
Ostrom earned a BA, an MA, and a PhD in English from the University of California, Davis, in 1975, 1979, and 1982, respectively. Hans Ostrom has taught at U.C. Davis, Johannes Gutenberg Univiversity (Mainz, Germany), and, as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer, at Uppsala University (Sweden).