MARK SCHMELLER. (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001) specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth-century American intellectual, political, and legal history. Before coming to NEIU, he taught at Rice, Syracuse, and Binghamton Universities. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He has also received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jacob K. Javitz Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. He is currently completing a book on the origins of the concept of public opinion in American political thought and culture.