Carolina’s Finest Annual Awards, Best Professor, 2012, 2013; Best Course (PLCY 101), 2013

John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching & Service, UNC-CH, 2008

Lola Spencer and Simpson Bobo Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UNC-CH, 2004

Courses (Undergraduate)

61 First-Year Seminar: Policy Entrepreneurship and Public/Private Partnerships (3).

The theme of this seminar is to define “policy entrepreneur” and examine strategies used by policy entrepreneurs to achieve policy change or innovation in the policy-making process. We will also explore models of innovative public-private partnerships in the delivery of public goods. The seminar will examine nonprofit policy entrepreneurs within policy advocacy organizations who push innovation and change in public policy. We will evaluate the ways policy and non-profit advocacy entrepreneurs advocate for their ideas causes and attempt to achieve lasting policy change. Students will write mock grant proposals for funding to develop a model public-private partnership or new policy innovation. We will host several leaders of successful public-private partnerships and other key innovative non-profit organizations in North Carolina.

101 Making Public Policy (PWAD 101) (3).

Overview of the policy-making process and of major public policy issues. Study of policy and political challenges in areas such as economic and tax policy, the social safety net, income support and the minimum wage, health care, education, environment and energy, foreign policy and national security, and homeland security.

PLCY 352H: Seminar on Domestic and Global Affairs (3).

This is a graded seminar course that focuses on a study of domestic and international affairs within the United States policy-making process. This course is a “study abroad” course taught in Washington, DC. Students must apply for this program.

425 Risks, Shocks, and the Safety Net (3).

Many risks and shocks can make individuals and families vulnerable to economic hardship. This course examines America’s social policy regime through a wide-ranging investigation of the origins, development, and future of critical features of our social safety net. We pay particular attention to challenges emerging in the era of globalization.

Courses (Graduate)

716 New Institutionalism: Politics, Institutions and Public policy (POLI 716) (3).

Examines leading theoretical approaches to study institutions and public policy. Draws on “new institutionalism” scholarship from political science, economics, and sociology to analyze public policy in historical and comparative perspectives. Emphasis on applying these theoretical insights to substantive public policy issues.

820 American Welfare State (3).

This course will examine the American welfare state through a wide-ranging investigation of the origins, development, and future of the most critical features of U.S. politics, social policy, and law.