July 14, 2012: Nathan Scrader: Tribune Live: Mitt Romney needs a dose of Barry Goldwater, says Nathan R. Shrader
Nathan R. Shrader is a native of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and is a resident of Jackson, Mississippi. Before arriving in the Magnolia State in July 2014, Shrader served successively as a legislative aide and deputy communications director to Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, legislative aide to Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter in the Virginia General Assembly, and research analyst at Abrams Learning and Information Systems under General John N. Abrams (retired). He most recently worked from 2009 to 2014 as a research analyst at the Center on Regional Politics at Temple University and was an adjunct professor at Drexel and Neumann Universities. Shrader earlier served as legislative intern in Washington for United States Senator Arlen Specter, legislative intern to Pennsylvania State Representative Rod E. Wilt, and as a clerk under Westmoreland County (PA) Recorder of Deeds Tom Murphy. He has worked as a consultant, manager, staffer, and volunteer on more than two dozen campaigns for federal, state, and local candidates of both parties. He has authored guest opinion articles on political and policy issues for the Philadelphia Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Philadelphia Public Record, and the McKeesport Daily News. Shrader holds a bachelor’s degree from Thiel College and a master’s degree from Suffolk University, both in political science. He is currently completing his dissertation in political science at Temple University on the topic of local school boards. Shrader’s main academic interests include building bridges between the study and practice of professional politics, state and local government, the presidency, political marketing, campaigns and elections, political parties, and public policy.