Political Science Program
School of Public Policy


Visiting Scholar

School of Media and Public Affairs

George Washington University

Washington, DC  20052

Phone: (202) 994-1431

Teaching Resources

  • PS 201, Introduction to American Government and Politics (spring 2015)
  • PS 371, Public Policy Problems (spring 2012)
  • PS 411, Legislative Politics (fall 2007)
  • PS 412/512, Presidential Politics (fall 2014)
  • PS 415/515, Politics and the Media (fall 2011; I also have taught the course online as a "distance education course" usually winter and summer quarters; see the OSU Distance Education page
  • PS 416/516, Public Opinion and Political Psychology (fall 2014)
  • PS 419/519, Topics in American Politics: Presidents and Media (winter 2010)
  • PS 473/573, Public Administration: Budgeting, Personnel, and Organizational Communication (winter 2003)
  • PS 479/579, Topics in Public Policy:  Governments and the Economy (spring 2015)
  • PS 571, Public Policy Theory (winter 2008)

Research Interests

  • Political communication, especially media coverage of presidents and of such complex public policy topics as economics, budget, taxes, and energy
  • The presidency, especially public approval and media coverage, and analyses of the Electoral College process for electing presidents
  • Public opinion and political information
  • Economic, tax, and budget policy
  • Long-term trends in US politics and policy, using dollar figures adjusted for inflation (Inflation Conversion Factors, parts of this have been revised to reflect final 2015 price levels)
  • Public opinion and political information of Oregon residents

Inflation Conversion Factors