About the Author
Michael K. Le Roy is a professor of political science and Dean of the Faculty at Whitworth College in Washington state. He received his Ph.D. in political science at Vanderbilt University, and he was a Fulbright scholar at Gothenburg University in Sweden between 1992 and 1994. In addition to his extensive research and travel in Western and Eastern Europe, Professor Le Roy has studied and traveled in Central and South America. His research on civil society and social capital has been published in COMPARATIVE POLITICS and ECONOMIC AND INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY.
Michael Corbett received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He was professor of political science at Ball State University, where he taught courses covering an introduction to political science, research methods in political science, and public opinion. He was the author of numerous scholarly articles and of several books: POLITICAL TOLERANCE IN AMERICA: FREEDOM AND EQUALITY IN PUBLIC ATTITUDES (New York: Longman, 1982); AMERICAN PUBLIC OPINION: TRENDS, PROCESS, AND PATTERNS (New York: Longman, 1991); SOCIAL RESEARCH USING MICROCASE® (co-authored with Lynne Roberts ) (Bellevue, WA: MicroCase Corporation, 1998); and POLITICS AND RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES (co-authored with Julia M. Corbett) (New York: Garland Publishing, 1999). Professor Corbett died in November of 2001 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. His many years of service to the Research Methods book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.