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American Politics Speaker Series- William Jacoby & Saundra Schneider

Interest Groups, Public Opinion, and State Policy Priorities

Wed, November 2, 2016 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

William G. Jacoby is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is also a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, where he serves as Director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Professor Jacoby joined the MSU faculty in 2003. Previously, he held positions at the University of South Carolina, Ohio State University, and the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1983. Professor Jacoby's main professional interests are mass political behavior (public opinion, political attitudes, voting behavior) and quantitative methodology (measurement theory, scaling methods, statistical graphics, modern regression). His current research focuses on citizen ideology and belief system organization, value choices and their implications for subsequent political orientations, measuring policy priorities in the American states, the implications of measurement assumptions for statistical models, and graphical strategies for data analysis.
Recently, Professor Jacoby has taught courses on public opinion, regression analysis, scaling methods, and statistical graphics.
 

Saundra Schneider is a 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'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.

 

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