P.S. Ruckman, Jr.
      Professor of Political Science, Rock Valley College
      Instructor, Northern Illinois University
    
      Editor: Pardon Power Blog
      Author: Pardon Me, Mr. President: Adventures in Crime, Politics and Mercy (Forthcoming)
      Author: George W. Bush and the Pardon Power (Forthcoming, Mellen Press)
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BOOKS
   
  - Author: Pardon Me, Mr. President: Adventures in Crime, Politics and Mercy. Forthcoming. Agent: Sam Fleishman, Literary Artists Representatives, New York.
  - Author: The Pardon Power in the 21st Century. Forthcoming. Mellen Press.
   
 
JOURNAL / LAW REVIEW ARTICLES
   
  - Article. 2012. “The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don’t Know) About the Pardon Power. University of St. ThomasLaw Review 783-837.
  - Article. 2011 “Seasonal Clemency Revisited: An Empirical Analysis.” 11 White House Studies 21-38.
  - Article. 1999. "Inside Lincoln's Clemency Decision Making." (with David Kincaid), 29 Presidential Studies Quarterly 84-99 (Winter).
  - Article. 1997. "Executive Clemency in the United States: Origins, Development, and Analysis (1900-1993)." 27 Presidential Studies Quarterly 251-71 (Spring).
  - Article. 1995. "The Forgotten Side of Lincoln's Clemency Policy." (with David Kincaid), 1 Journal of the Illinois Political Science Association, 28-32.
  - Research Note. 1995. "Presidential Character and Executive Clemency: A Reexamination." 76 Social Science Quarterly 213-221 (1995).
  - Research Note. 1993. "The Supreme Court, Critical Nominations and the Senate Confirmation Process." 55 Journal of Politics 793-805.
   
 
BOOK CHAPTERS / CONTRIBUTIONS
   
  - Article (invited). Forthcoming. “Theodore Roosevelt and the Pardon Power.” in association with the international conference on Theodore Roosevelt, December 2012, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA.
  - Contributor. The Wit and Humour of Political Science. 2010. Kenneth Newton, Lee Sigelman, and Bernard Grofman, Editors. ECPR Press: University of Essex.
  - Contributor. The Final Four of Everything. 2009. Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir (ed.) Simon and Schuster Press.
  - Contributor: Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia (Frank Schmalleger and Gordon M. Armstrong, eds). 1997. Greenwood Publishing: Westport, Connecticut.
   
 
BOOK REVIEWS
   
  - "The Presidential Pardon Power." 37 Congress and the Presidency 97 (2010).
  - "Making Law: The State, the Law, and Structural Contradictions." 4 Legal Studies Forum, 527- 530 (1995).
   
 
MISCELLANEOUS
   
  - Monograph: Pardons and Remissions. 1793-1893. National Archives and Records Service: Washington D.C. Forthcoming.
  - Editorial: “Lessons from Barbour.” Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, February 12, 2012.
  - Editorial: “Barbour’s Last Minute Rush to Pardon.” CNN.com Opinion, January 12, 2012.
  - Editorial: “Quality Higher Education v. Cheap Tea.” Rockford Register Star, October 2011.
  - Article (invited). 2010 “Researching Federal Executive Clemency” (with Heidi E. Ruckman), 23 Presidential Research Group Newsletter 16, American Political Science Association.
  - Article (invited): "Pardon Me." National Review Online, July 6, 2007.
  - Article (invited): "Respite for Scooter." National Review Online. June 14, 2007.
  - Letter: “Bush Can Give Libby Respite, Delay Decision on Pardoning.” The Hill, June 12, 2007.
  - Editorial: “Memorial Day.” Rockford Register Star, May 25, 2007.
  - Editorial: “For Judge: Legal Qualifications v. Personal Distractions.” Rockford Register Star, November 5, 2006.
  - Editorial: "Stewart May Try Pardon Route." Rockford Register Star, April 4, 2004.
  - Editorial: "Keys to Clemency Reform: Knowledge, Transparency." Jurist. March 7, 2001.
  - Editorial: "Voters Still Base Choice on More than Pocketbook." Rockford Register Star, January 14, 2001.
  - Letter: "The Supreme Court and Politics." Christian Science Monitor, December 12, 2000.
  - Editorial: "Releasing FALN Members Presidential Prerogative." Rockford Register Star, September 26, 1999.
  - Editorial Board. Annual Editions: Juvenile Delinquency. 2000-6. Dushkin / McGraw Hill: Guilford, Connecticut.  
   
 
PROFESSIONAL PAPERS
   
  - “Federal Executive Clemency in the Obama Administration.” Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL (2013).
  - “Theodore Roosevelt and the Pardon Power.” Paper presented at the Theodore Roosevelt: Life, Times and Legacy international conference, Shreveport, Louisiana (October 2012).
  - “The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don’t Know) About the Pardon Power.” Paper presented at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Symposium. Sentence Commutation and the Executive Pardon Power. Minneapolis, Minnesota. (April 2012) 
  - “President Bush and the Pardon Power: A Final Report.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. Atlanta, Georgia (January 2010).
  - "Seasonal Clemency Revisited: An Empirical Analysis." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: New Orleans, Louisiana (January 2009).
  - "John Wilson Ruckman: Scholar, Soldier and Public Figure. Presented at the Annual Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, IL (October 2007).
  - "Last Minute Pardon Scandals: Fact and Fiction." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, IL (April 2004).
  - "The Pardoning Power: The Other Civics Lesson." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Atlanta, Georgia (November 2001).
  - "President-centered and Presidency centered Explanations of Federal Executive Clemency Policy." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Atlanta, Georgia (October 1998).
  - "Federal Executive Clemency in the United States, 1934-1994: An Empirical Analysis." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Atlanta, Georgia (November 1996).
 

- "Qualifications as 'Universal' Factors in the Outcomes of Supreme Court Nominations." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association: Rockford, Illinois (November 1995).

  - "Executive Clemency 1789-1993, A Preliminary Report." Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Tampa, Florida (November 1995).
  - "The Forgotten Side of Lincoln's Clemency Policy." (co-authored with David Kincaid). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois (November 1994).
  - "Policy as an Indicator of Original Understanding: Executive Clemency in the Early Republic (1789-1817)." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Atlanta, Georgia (November 1994).
  - “Executive Clemency in the United States, 1900-1993: an Empirical Analysis." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association: New York, New York  (September 1994).
  - "The Supreme Court, Critical Nominations and the Senate Confirmation Process." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association: San Francisco, California (March 1992).
  - "The Confirmation of Supreme Court Justices: Gauging the Effects of Overlooked Variables in a Dynamic Process." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association: Madison, Wisconsin (June 1989).
   
 
OTHER CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
   
  - Participant., International conference on Theodore Roosevelt, December 2012. Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA.
  - Participant, Congress in the Classroom, The Dirksen Congressional Center. Peoria, Illinois (August 1999).
  - Chair, Panel 3302, "Towards a Cultural Legal History," Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association: Chicago, Illinois (May 1999).
  - Chair, Panel 3209, "Community, Interpretations and Legal Action," Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association: Chicago, Illinois (May 1999).
  - Chair, Panel R-5, "Bringing Innovation to the Classroom," Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Atlanta, Georgia (October 1998).
  - Chair, Panel 18-11, "Judging the Judges: Individual Models of Judicial Decision Making," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois (April 1997).
  - Discussant, Panel "The Selection of Judges," Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association: Atlanta, Georgia (November 1996).
  - Chair, Panel 12-3 "Counting the Bodies: Judicial Interpretations of Civil Rights," Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association: San Francisco, California (August 1996).
  - Chair, Panel 17-7 "Supreme Court Recruitment and Decision-Making: Individual Level of Analysis," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois (April 1996).
  - Chair, Panel 2 "Judicial Politics/Public Law" Annual Meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association: Rockford, Illinois (November 1995).
  - Chair, Panel 17-1 "Multiple Perspectives on Supreme Court Decision-Making," Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association: Chicago, Illinois (April 1995).
  - Question Screener. Tip O’Neil. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Florida State University “Distinguished Lecture Series.” November, 1989.
  - Participant: American Bar Association / Law and Society Association. Workshop for Graduate Students, at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. Madison, Wisconsin (June 1989).
  - Participant: American Bar Association / Law and Society Association. Workshop for Graduate Students, at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. Vail, Colorado (June 1988).