John DiIulio

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John J. Dilulio Jr. (born 1958) is a political scientist. He currently serves as the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as the first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush from early 2001 to August 2001. He was the first senior Bush advisor to resign and was succeeded by Jim Towey. In a letter written a little over a year after resigning (that later was printed in Esquire), he wrote that while "President Bush is a highly admirable person of enormous personal decency," his governing style allowed certain staffers, referred to as "Mayberry Machiavellis," to "[steer] legislative initiatives or policy proposals as far right as possible." [1] In late 2008 and early 2009, DiIulio consulted with the transition team of President Barack Obama regarding the restructuring of the White House faith-based initiative.[2]

DiIulio has authored numerous studies on crime, government, and the relationship between religion and public policy. He is also the co-author of the widely used textbook American Government with James Q. Wilson, which was reviewed by the publisher and the College Board after the discovery of factual inaccuracies and allegations of conservative bias regarding issues such as global warming, school prayer, and gay rights.[3] Among those who criticized the textbook was James E. Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who wrote to the publisher that the book contained "a large number of clearly erroneous statements" which cause "the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain."[3]

He is also credited with coining, or at least popularizing, the term (and concept of) "superpredators" in reference to juvenile violent crime in the early 1990s.[4]

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  1. ^ Dilulio, John (2007-05-23), "John Dilulio's Letter", Esquire (Hearst Communications, Inc.), retrieved 2008-05-06 
  2. ^ Goodstein, Laurie. "Leaders Say Obama Has Tapped Pastor for Outreach Office", The New York Times, January 28, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Associated Press, "Student Sees Political Bias in High School Text: Publisher now says it will review book, as will College Board." 8 Apr 2008. Available at Retrieved 23 Jan 2009.
  4. ^ Superscapegoating: Teen 'superpredators' hype set stage for draconian legislation, Robin Templeton FAIR, 1998. Accessed 07-01-2010

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Preceded by
Director of the White House Office
of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

January 30, 2001–August 17, 2001
Succeeded by
Jim Towey