David J. Dent is founder and editor of the blog, bushobamaamerica.com He is an Associate Professor at New York University where he holds a joint appointment at the Arthur Carter Journalism Institute and in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. He created the course “Deconstructing Obama” and teaches courses in journalism and non-fiction writing. Within the past two years, he has travelled through more than 100 Bush-Obama counties and interviewed a diversity of residents on culture, politics, the economy and the future of the country. He is the author of In Search of Black America which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2000. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Book Review and Education Life supplement, Playboy, GQ, Salon,The Washington Post and many other publications. He is author of the forthcoming The American Extreme to be published by St. Martin’s Press and The Best Essay of Your Life: The College Admissions Essay to be published by Random House. He and his wife Valerie are Co-Founders and Directors of Write for the Future. www.writeforthefuture.com. The organization uses the tools of journalism to help Middle and High School students become better writers, a method that will be detailed in The Best Essay of Your Life.