John Sharpless is a professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison. He has BA and BS in Economics from the University of Minnesota as well as a PhD in History from The University of Michigan. His areas of research are social and demographic history, public policy and recent political history. He is presently at work on the history and politics of the 2nd Amendment. He ran for the U.S. Congress in the Wisconsin Second District in 1998 and 2000 on the Republican ticket.