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Robert Mann
Senior Fellow, Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs

Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair in Mass Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and is a senior public policy fellow at the school's Reilly Center for Public Affairs. He teaches courses in political communication and is currently researching the history of U.S. war propaganda. He is also editor of the Media & Public Affairs book series, published jointly by the Manship School and LSU Press.

Previously, Mann was communications director to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Mann also served for 19 years as a U.S. Senate aide. He was state director to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, and also served as Breaux's press secretary. He has also served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana. He was also press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, and the 2003 Blanco campaign.

Mann is also a political historian and journalist. He has published four books, including critically acclaimed political histories of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the International Herald-Tribune, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, The American Prospect and the Houston Chronicle.

He is the author of: A Grand Delusion: America's Descent into Vietnam, (Basic Books, 2001); The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights, (Harcourt Brace, 1996); The Complete Idiots Guide to the Cold War, (Alpha Books, 2002); and, Legacy to Power: Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, (Paragon House, 1992.) He is also the author of the forthcoming book, When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1965 (LSU Press, 2007).

In the early 1980s, Mann covered Louisiana politics as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star.

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