Professor Abbott teaches the history of political thought, American political culture and presidential studies. He has written eleven books, most recently The Challenge of the American Presidency (2004), Exceptional America (1998) and Strong Presidents: A Theory of Leadership (l996). He has published articles in the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Review of Politics. Professor Abbott received the Presidents Award for Teaching in l990 and the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Fellowship (l991). He was elected to the WSU Academy of Scholars in l996 and has been Visiting Professor in Political Science at the University of Salford, UK (l994-95) and held the Fulbright Thomas Jefferson Chair in American Studies, University of Amsterdam in l997. In 2005 he was named University Distinguished Professor.