Jeff Shesol is a founding partner of West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and communications strategy firm, and a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. Before he became a speechwriter, Shesol wrote and drew the syndicated comic strip Thatch, which appeared daily in more than 150 newspapers. His book Mutual Contempt was a New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post Critic’s Choice. He continues to publish widely under his own byline and appears frequently on television and radio. A Rhodes Scholar, Shesol got his master’s in history from Oxford University in 1993 and graduated from Brown University in 1991. He was the 2002 Anschutz Distinguished fellow in American studies at Princeton University, where he taught a course on the history of the presidential speech. He lives in Washington with his wife and their two children.