Prof. Rich is also assistant director of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at CCNY. He is the author of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise (Cambridge University Press, 2004), a book about the proliferation of think tanks in U.S. national policymaking and the ways that research and research-based nonprofit organizations influence contemporary decision-making. He is currently at work on a book about the types of philanthropic and organizational support being used to fight the war of ideas in American politics. The book examines the role of foundations, universities, and advocacy and research organizations in efforts to shape the terms of debate in U.S. policymaking. In a separate project, he is examining the role of universities as declining sources of public intellectuals and how institutions of higher learning might reinvigorate their role in public and policy debate. Rich has also written about telecommunications, health care, tax policy, and the cross-national aspects of policy research production and dissemination.