JB Manheim (PhD: Northwestern, 1971) is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. A specialist in strategic political communication and information/influence campaigns, he developed the world's first degree-granting program in political communication, and was later the founding director of the GWU School of Media & Public Affairs. He is a former chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association, and was the 1995 DC Professor of the Year.
In recent years he has begun writing a series of parallel-period novels grounded in the history of baseball circa the early twentieth century. The first of these, This Never Happened: The Mystery Behind the Death of Christy Mathewson, was published by Summer Game Books in 2021. The novel is based on two authentic WWI military documents discovered by the author that challenge a core historical myth of the game.
Manheim is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, and the Historical Novel Society.