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Richard C. Hula

Professor
Office: 304 S. Kedzie
Phone: 517-355-6592

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Richard C. Hula is professor of political science. Hula served as the Chair of the Department from 2001-2013. Prior to that he served as the director of the department’s Program in Public Policy and Administration (1991-96), and Associate Director of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (1991-1998).

Hula joined the faculty at Michigan State in 1991. Prior to coming to Michigan State he taught the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Maryland. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 1975.

Hula was selected as a University of Maryland Scholar Teacher in 1986. During 1997-98 he served as president of the Policy Studies Organization. In 2000 he shared the American Political Science Association Urban Section Award for best book with Jeffrey Henig, Marion Orr and Desiree Pedescleaux for The Color of School Reform(Princeton Press, 1999). In 2002 he and Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore were awarded the Jeffrey Pressman Award by the Policy Studies Organization for best article to appear in volume 18 of Review of Policy Research.

He has authored or edited five books including: The Politics of Crime and Conflict (with Ted Robert Gurr, Pater N. Grabosky), The Reconstruction of Family Policy (with Elaine Anderson), Nonprofits in Urban America (with Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore), Reclaiming Brownfields: A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties (with Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore and Laura A. Reese), and The Color of School Reform (with Jeffrey Henig, Marion Orr and Desiree Pediscleaux).

Hula research and teaching interests focus on urban politics and policy. He currently has projects exploring state/local environmental policy, the impact of faith-based organizations of social service delivery, and state level interventions into local policy arenas such as education. In the last several years he has taught graduate courses in urban politics and environmental policy, and an undergraduate course in urban politics.

Recent Publications

  • Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore; Richard C. Hula; Laura A. Reese. 2011. Reinventing Civil Society: The Emerging Role of Faith-Based Organizations. Armonk NY:  M.E. Sharpe.
  • Richard C. Hula; Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore and Laura A. Reese.  2012Reclaiming Brownfields: A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties. Burlington, VT: Ashgare Publishing.
  • Richard C. Hula. 2012. “Changing Agendas in State Environmental Policy: Development versus Cleanup in Brownfielsd Policy” in Richard C. Hula; Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore and Laura A. Reese. Reclaiming Brownfields: A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties.  Burlington, VT: Ashgare Publishing.