Thomas Magstadt earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author of NATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS: COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE (Wadsworth, 2005), now in its fifth edition, and AN EMPIRE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: POWER AND PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (CQ Press, 2004). He has also published many scholarly papers and articles and is a frequent op-ed contributor to newspapers. Magstadt is a former political science professor and chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at Augustana College (Sioux Falls). He has also chaired the Political Science Department at the University of Nebraska (Kearney), and taught at the Air War College, where he was Director of Comparative and Regional Studies. He was a Fulbright Lecturer in the Czech Republic and taught courses in international politics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Westwood Hills, Kansas (close to the heart of Kansas City).Magstadt, Thomas M. is the author of 'Understanding Politics', published 2008 under ISBN 9780495503309 and ISBN 0495503304.