Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor of History at Arizona State University
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
"[Reagan] clearly lied to the American people on his role [in the arms-for-hostages exchange] and most likely to investigators with the Tower Commission, but failed to rise to criminal behavior for the diversion of funds. The latter scenario clearly demonstrates that he would lie to protect himself when pressed, hiding under the guise of memory lapses. This scenario severely damages any characterization of him as the role model for character.
In the final analysis, while conservatives try to portray Reagan as a paragon of virtue, the lies, the corruption, and the scandals that surrounded him were significant... Reagan failed to reach the standard of the mythology of his followers and in many ways failed to rise to the standards established by his role models including Franklin Roosevelt."
"When Character Was King? Ronald Reagan and the Issues of Ethics and Morality" in Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America's Fortieth President, 2005
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor of History, Arizona State University (ASU), 1995-present
Dean's Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
Member, South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies
Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Member, Distinguished Lecturer Board, Organization of America Historians
Program Committee Member, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society
Program Committee Member, Southern Historical Association
Member, Frederick Jackson Turner Book Prize Committee, 2006
Organizer and Host, Third Conference on Inter-American Relations, Feb. 1999