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William D. Berry

Syde P. Deeb Eminent Scholar in Political Science and
Marian D. Irish Professor of Political Science

Tel: 850.644.7321
Office: 552 Bellamy Building
Email: wberry@garnet.acns.fsu.edu
Website: http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~wberry/

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1980. Major research and teaching interests include public policy, budgeting, state politics and research methodology.

Research Agenda:

Berry’s primary areas of interest are public policy, American state politics, and research methodology. Throughout his career, his work has focused on explaining why governments make the policy choices they do, and improving the methodologies available for studying policy making. Among his current research projects are analyses of the impact of electoral competition on the policy choices made by state legislators, and the effect of state welfare policy on poverty in the United States. Berry’s current research on methodology focuses on the development of techniques for estimating econometric models with binary dependent variables, and methods for studying policy diffusion using geographical information systems. Berry has also been working for several years collecting data on outcomes of all state legislative elections in the U.S. since the 1960s; he has begun to use these data to study the behavior of challengers in state legislative elections, and the role of partisan and incumbent protection goals in determining the nature of redistricting in state legislatures.

Undergraduate Courses:

POS3713: Political Science Research Methods
POS3932: State Politics and Government
PUP4931: Politics of Taxing and Spending
PUP4931: Public Policy Innovation in the United States

Graduate Courses:

POS5737: Political Science Data Analysis
POS5746: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
PUP5007: Models of Public Policy Making
PUP6910: Advanced Research Seminar in Public Policy