Jonathan W. Reader, Baker Professor of Sociology, has been teaching at Drew since 1980. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Comell University, his M.P.A. in Public Administration from New York University, and his B.A. in Government from Cornell University. He served for two years as an officer in the United States Public Health Service. He has authored or co-authored twenty articles, papers, research reports, reviews and speeches on such topics as community disasters, corporate mergers, the impact of elections on local government fiscal policies, innovations in medical technology, local governments’ strategies for revenue generation, politics of local school districts, and substance abuse treatment policy. Since 1968, he has done extensive consulting with organizations in both the public and non-profit sectors including labor unions, a law firm, local governments, local health departments, school districts, and universities. His teaching specialties include classical sociological theory, mass communications, political sociology, sociology of health and illness, and sociology of management. His current research interest focuses  on the health and illness of U.S Presidents. In 2004, he received the Drew University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.