Archive for the ‘Virginia Tech’ Category



June 11, 2012

It’s on the Internet so it must be true. Congratulations to my colleagues Kris Wernstedt and Patrick Roberts, who were also promoted. Thanks particularly to my colleagues with Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy, who dragged, prodded,and beckoned my tenure case forward. I like my job and I’m looking forward to keeping it. Ahead!


High Table 2012

June 7, 2012

Out of Obscurity

May 1, 2012

A belated thank you to Matt Spangler, producer/director of Out of Obscurity (2000), a documentary about the 1939 Queen Street Library Sit-in organized by Samuel W. Tucker, for joining members of my Policy Analysis class recently for a viewing and discussion of the film. The interview footage in Out of Obscurity is fascinating – it’s some of the only footage you’ll find of Tucker and the participants in this too-little-documented moment in American history.


Who’s Running the Country?

January 14, 2012

A friend says the headline for this article in the VT Research Magazine about our ongoing study Senate-confirmed political appointees suggests perhaps I’m running the country. Not so, but I appreciate the great article and the photo (which makes me look studious). Previous posts about the appointees project here and here . Here’s an article with an overview of the dataset we’ve developed.


John Rohr (1934-2011)

August 21, 2011


VT Washington Semester

June 16, 2011

This summer Derek Hyra and  I are co-teaching the Virginia Tech Washington Semester program – which combines a summer internship in the DC area and one day a week dedicated to coursework and site visits. Here’s a copy of the course syllabus.  I’m also the self-appointed Washington Semester 2011 staff photographer. A few pictures from the summer so far:

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February 22, 2011

War Memorial – Blacksburg, VA Read the rest of this entry ?