ON-Lion Letter
Bradley Prize recipient James Q. Wilson was a senior distinguished scholar at Boston College.  From 1961 to 1987, he was the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University; from 1985 to 1997, he was the James A. Collins Professor of Management at the University of California-Los Angeles; and from 1998 to 2008, he was the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University

One of the nation's most-influential social scientists and public intellectuals, Wilson was the author or co-author of 15 books, including American Politics, Then & Now:  And Other EssaysThe Marriage Problem:  How Our Culture Has Weakened Families, The Moral Sense, Moral Judgment, Bureaucracy:  What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It, and Thinking About Crime

His textbook American Government is more widely used on university campuses than any other book on the subject.  Wilson also edited or contributed to books on urban problems, government regulation of business, and the prevention of delinquency among children.

In 1990, Wilson received the James Madison Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for a career of distinguished scholarship.  In 1994, he received APSA's John Gaus Award for "exemplary scholarship in the fields of political science and public administration."  In 2003, President George W. Bush awarded Wilson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

Wilson served on a number of national and presidential commissions on crime, drug-abuse prevention, foreign intelligence, and bioethics.  For more than 20 years, hr chaired the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and he held honorary degrees from seven universities, including Harvard.
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