Welcome to a New OTB Author

A quick welcome to the OTB front page to new contributor, regular contributor, the pseudonymous Kingdaddy.

I have known Kingdaddy for more than thirty years (which doesn’t seem possible, but there it is). He has a Ph.D. in Political Science, although he currently works outside of academia. His academic expertise is specifically in the realm of national security policy. He is also an expert on gaming and simulations.

He has blogged both about politics and gaming over the years. His previous blog about politics was Arms and Influence.

So, please welcome him to the front page.

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Kingdaddy says:

    Thank you for the very kind welcome! It’s an honor to be able to post here.

  2. MarkedMan says:

    Welcome to the top line!

  3. SKI says:


    (Though I don’t know about how pseudonymous he actually is given his name is on the top of his “About” page on his old blog).

  4. mattbernius says:

    Welcome! Your first post was a great start!

  5. Michael Reynolds says:

    Although you are, of course, eternally youthful Steven, I can stretch my imagination to believe that you’ve known someone for 30 years.

    I look forward to irritating the new guy.

  6. Rick Almeida says:


  7. @Michael Reynolds: My marriage turns 30 next Tuesday, so there’s that (and KingDaddy was in the wedding!).

  8. SC_Birdflyte says:

    Looking forward to seeing your regular submissions. Welcome!

  9. Sleeping Dog says:

    Welcome Kingpapa. Look forward to your posts and assume you have thick skin.

  10. JohnSF says:


    Now let me tell you why you are mistaken….

  11. Gustopher says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    My marriage turns 30 next Tuesday, so there’s that (and KingDaddy was in the wedding!).

    Aww. You and KingDaddy make a cute couple. Here’s hoping that 30 years is just the beginning.

  12. @Gustopher: I walked into that one 😉

  13. Michael Cain says:

    He is also an expert on gaming and simulations.

    Oh, this is going to be fun!

  14. Ebenezer_Arvigenius says:

    Welcome Kingdaddy. Looking forward to your contributions :-).

  15. CSK says:

    Great to have a third voice!