Daniel B. German (1941- ) was born in Yankton, South Dakota. He received his B. A. and M. A. Degree from the University of South Dakota and his Ph. D. from Georgetown University. He began his career at Appalachain State University in 1972, as a professor in the political science department, where he remained until his retirement in 2008. German has been published in numerous journals and books. His post-retirement activities include being named co-managing editor of the international journal "Politics, Culture and Socialization;" guest lecturing at the China University of Mining and Technology; and being elected vice-chair of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Psyco-Politics. In 2010 a distinguished professorship, the Daniel B. German Professorship in Political Science, was established at ASU in his honor.
Marvin K. Hoffman (1945- ) was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He received his B. A. from Rutgers University, and his M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Georgia. He began his career at Appalachian State University in 1970 as a professor in the political science department. In 1978, he left ASU to become he fire department planner in Charlotte. In 1979 he was named the town manager of Boone, a position he held until 1983. In 1984 he was made county manger for Chatham County. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Gdansk in Poland during the 1996-1997 school term. In 1990, Hoffman was named the Director of the Master of Public Administration program, a position he still holds. He has published articles in a wide variety of journals.
In 1991, German and Hoffman undertook a statewide study of public opinion of the environment and the effectiveness of governmental actions to protect the environment. They wanted to determine the public's satisfaction with the environmental conditions of the time and what type of actions would be supported in order to improve the environment. The information, collected from 488 people across 88 out of the 100 North Carolina counties, was collected through a random digit telephone survey. The survey was completed in late 1991 and the results published in the Spring 1992 edition of "Popular Government” (Vol. 57, No. 4).