When asked if he always wanted to be a scientist, Russell D. Romeo answers instantly and without equivocation: "Absolutely not. When I arrived at college, I planned to major in music theory and train as a classical guitarist."
But Edinboro University's first-year courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy introduced him to the study of human behavior and the workings of the brain.
"For me, the combination of those courses was the perfect storm of getting interested in the mind," Romeo recalls. "I decided I didn't want to be a starving artist my whole life. I decided to be a starving scientist instead."
Professor Randall Balmer’s new book, God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, explores the role of religion in American presidential politics in the latter half of the twentieth century. A professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Professor Balmer also is an ordained Episcopal minister, volunteering at a local parish.