Jonathan W. Reader (Ph.D. Cornell University), the Baker Professor of Sociology, has authored or coauthored twenty articles, grants, research reports, reviews, and speeches on public policy issues. Over the past four decades, he has done extensive consulting for organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors, including labor unions, local governments, local health departments, news organizations, school districts, universities, a Wall Street law firm, and wildlife conservation organizations. He also was a consultant for a novel by Jane Shapiro, A Dangerous Husband, and starred as a supporting actor in the film Meeting the Beautiful People (1994). His teaching specialties include sociological theory, mass communications, political sociology, and the sociology of health and illness. In 2004 he received the Drew University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. His current research interests include the state, the foundations and the concept of race, and US Presidents and their illnesses.