Saundra K. Schneider

SAUNDRA K. SCHNEIDER is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She is also a member of the Instructional Staff at the ICPSR Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Professor Schneider joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 2003. Prior to that, she held academic positions at the University of South Carolina, the Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also held several administrative positions before arriving at MSU. She served as the Director of the Master's of Public Administration and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina, the Program Evaluation Administrator for the Ohio Department of Human Services, and the Health Planning Administrator for the Ohio Department of Health. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science, with a concentration in public policy analysis and evaluation, from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1980.

Professor Schneider was selected as the Public Administrator of the Year for the State of South Carolina in 1999. She won the Mosher Award, along with William G. Jacoby and Jerrell D. Coggburn, for the "Best Article by an Academic" in Public Administration Review in 1997. She is currently on the Executive Councils of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association. She has served as the President and Secretary-Treasurer of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, and on the Executive Councils of the Southern Political Science Association, the State Politics and Policy Section of the APSA, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Professor Schneider's main research and teaching interests focus on public policy and methodology. Her current research examines the policy priorities of the American states, the role of administrative influences in social welfare program developments, the linkages between public opinion and public policy, and the effectiveness of governmental responses to natural disasters. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the public policy process, bureaucratic politics, social policy development, crisis management, policy analysis and evaluation, methodology and research design, and regression analysis.

Subfields

American Politics, Public Policy, Research Methods

Research Specializations

Political Institutions, State and Local Politics

Recent Publications

  • Schneider, Saundra K., and William G. Jacoby. 2009. "A New Measure of Policy Spending Priorities in The American States." Political Analysis, 17 (1).
  • Schneider, Saundra K. 2008. "The Disastrous Response to Hurricane Katrina: Blame It on the Bureaucracy?" in FEMA Emergency Project, ed. Jessica Hubbard. Fairfax, VA: Public Entity Risk Institute.
  • Schneider, Saundra K. 2008. "Who's to Blame? (Mis)perceptions of the Intergovernmental Response to Disasters." Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 38: 715-738.
  • Schneider, Saundra K., and William G. Jacoby. 2007. "Reconsidering the Linkage Between Public Assistance and Public Opinion in the American Welfare State," British Journal of Political Science, 37: 555-566.
  • Schneider, Saundra K., and William G. Jacoby. 2006. "Citizen Influences on State Policy Priorities: The Interplay of Public Opinion and Interest Groups," in Public Opinion in State Politics, ed. Jeff Cohen. Stanford University Press: 183-208.
  • Schneider, Saundra K., and William G. Jacoby. 2005. "Elite Discourse and American Public Opinion: The Case of Welfare Spending" Political Research Quarterly, 58 (3): 367-379.
  • Schneider, Saundra K. 2005. "Administrative Breakdowns in the Governmental Response to Hurricane Katrina." Public Administration Review, 65: 515-517.

Schneider, Saundra
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