Emeritus Faculty
Political Science Program
School of Public Policy


 Visiting scholar at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC through summer 2017

Teaching (the most recent offering of each course is shown)

  • 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 frequently taught the course online as a "distance education course"
  • 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 (see the link below)
  • Public opinion and political information of Oregon residents
Inflation Conversion Factors

  This site enables expressing US dollars of years 1774 to estimated 2028 in dollars of recent years.

  The main pages have been revised to reflect final 2017 Consumer Price Index.

  The site also contains many government budget and related materials, particularly long-term trends.