Dr. Michael Bitzer is an associate professor of politics and history at Catawba College, where he also serves as the 2011-2012 Swink Professor for Excellence in Classroom Teaching and the chair of the department of history & politics. A native South Carolinian, he holds graduate degrees in both history and political science from Clemson University and The University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Bitzer’s studies have focused on Southern politics, campaigns and elections, and a variety of topics in American politics.
Ron Stodghill is an award-winning journalist and author whose career spans more than two decades and includes roles as a staff writer for the New York Times, Midwest bureau chief for Time magazine, Washington correspondent for Business Week magazine, and editor-in-chief of Savoy magazine. Educated at the University of Missouri, Queens University of Charlotte, and Harvard University, where he studied as a Nieman Fellow, Stodghill is the author of Redbone: Money, Malice and Murder in Atlanta (HarperCollins, 2007), and co-author of No Free Ride, former U.S. Congressman Kweisi Mfume’s best-selling memoir (Ballantine Books, 1996). Stodghill’s writing has also appeared in the anthology, Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (Ballantine Books, 1995) as well as Readers Digest, Slate, Essence, and numerous columns for the Charlotte Observer, and local NPR affiliate, WFAE.org. Stodghill resides with his wife and three sons in Charlotte, N.C.