David Webber joined the MU Political Science Department in 1986, specializing in American public policy and politics. He wrote his dissertation on state legislatures at Indiana University in 1983. In addition to academic publications, he has written regular opinion columns for the Columbia Tribune and Missourian. His first play, “A Night at the Shelter,” was performed in Columbia in November 2015. During his 35-year political science career, he has enjoyed and been challenged by conversations with hundreds of legislators, thousands of students and citizens and about a dozen Mr. Adams. He has come to appreciate the challenges of running a democracy.