Richard Scotch

Professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Political Economy
Program Head of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Program Head of Sociology
GR 3.510
Richard Scotch's Webpage
Tags: Sociology Public Policy Political Economy

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Sociology
Harvard University - 1982
M.A. - Sociology
Harvard University - 1975
B.A. - Sociology
University of Chicago - 1973


Poverty and Social Policy in the United States: Social Citizenship in Historical, Comparative, and Transnational Perspective (with Sonya Michel, Sarah Rose, and Laura Frader). Textbook under contract with Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Forthcoming. forthcoming - Publication
“The Civic Culture of Dallas, Texas.” in Comparative Civic Culture: The Role of Local Culture in Urban Policy-Making. Laura Reese and Raymond A. Rosenfeld (editors). Ashgate Publishing, 2012. (With Alicia Schortgen). 2012 - Publication
“Disability Politics” (revised for new edition) in Joel Krieger (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (3rd edition), 2012. Oxford University Press. ,(With Adrienne Asch) 2012 - Publication
Disability and Community. Research in Social Science and Disability Volume 6. Edited volume with Allison Carey. Emerald Publishing Group. 2011. 2011 - Publication
Local Governments Role in Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants: Three Counties in North Texas. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy 17:2 Fall 2011 (with Sai Loganathan) 2011 - Publication
“Introduction: Disability and Community” in Allison Carey and Richard K. Scotch (eds.) Disability and Community. Research in Social Science and Disability Volume 6. Emerald Publishing Group. 2011. 2011 - Publication
Entries on “ADAPT”; “Department of Veterans Affairs”; “Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975 “; “Disabled in Action”; “Empowerment” (with James Charlton); “Judith Heumann”; “Law and Policy”; “Mary Switzer”; “Medicaid,”;  “Medicare”; ”Mills v. Board of Education”; “Models of Disability”; “NIDRR”; “Paralyzed Veterans of America”; “PARC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”; “Poverty”; “Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936”; “Section 504”; “Smith-Fess Act of 1920”; “Supplemental Security Income”; “Vocational Rehabilitation Act”; “Voting” (with Brenda McCoy and Kay Schriner); “Wade Blank:” in Susan Burch (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Disability History, Gallaudet University Press. Forthcoming in 2009. 2009 - Publication
The Disability Rights Movement Organization of American Historians Magazine of History. 23:3 July 2009. 2009 - Publication
“Rationalization and the Grass Roots: The Evolution of a Local HIV/AIDS Service System” in Strategies of Community Intervention (7th edition), Jack Rothman ed., Eddie Bowers Publishing Company. 2008. (With Wolfgang Bielefeld and Alicia Schortgen). 2008 - Publication
Models of Disability and the Response to the Americans with Disabilities Act” in Disability: The Social, Political, and Ethical Debate, Robert M. Baird, Stuart E. Rosenbaum, and S. Kay Toombs (eds.). Prometheus Books, 2008. 2008 - Publication


University of Texas at Dallas [2005–2007]
University of Texas at Dallas [2003–2007]
University of Texas at Dallas [2000–Present]
University of Texas at Dallas [1994–Present]
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
University of Texas at Dallas [1989–1993]
University of Texas at Dallas [1983–Present]
Visiting Instructor
College of William and Mary
AAAS Congressional Science Fellow
Visiting Instructor
University of Richmond [1980–2018]
Program Analyst
Virginia Division for Children [1978–1979]

Additional Information

Selected Other Professional Positions
  • Senior Associate, National School Reform, Community Training and Assistance Center, Boston, MA. 2007-present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, 2006-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Division of Health Care Education and Research, Department of Health Care Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Health Science Center at Dallas, 2004- present
  • Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of American Disability History (Gallaudet University Press) 2006-present
  • Editorial Board, Research in Social Science and Disability, 1998-present
  • Associate Editor, Evaluation Review, 1991-present
  • Editorial Board, Disability Studies Quarterly, 1995-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 1988-present
  • Section Committee member, 2008 conference on “Psychiatry & Freedom” of the International Network of Philosophy & Psychiatry
  • International Advisory Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Disability (Sage), 2002-04
  • Member, Institutional Review Board, American Foundation for the Blind, 2001-2008
  • Member, Advisory Board, Disability History [Online] Museum, 1994-present
  • President, Society for Disability Studies, 1994-1995, Program Chair, 1997; Executive Officer, 1997-1998; Board of Directors, 1993-1996
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Disability Studies in the Twenty-First Century,National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 1995
  • Member, Committee on Society and Persons with Disabilities, American Sociological Association, 1988-1991; Chair, 1991
Research Support
  • Contract with March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation to update maternal and infant health needs assessment for North Texas region (PI) 1999-2000.
  • Contract with Dallas Healthy Start Initiative to serve as local evaluator for Dallas site of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services infant mortality prevention project (PI) 1994-1997.
  • Contract with Center for Nonprofit Management, Dallas Texas to prepare annotated bibliography on program evaluation for local nonprofit organizations (Co-PI) 1996-1997
  • Contract with North Texas March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation to evaluate Hand-in-Hand AmeriCorps program for extending prenatal care to at-risk adolescents (PI) 1995-1996
  • Contract with Waxahachie Community Health Center to conduct Ellis County needs assessment (PI) 1995.  (With Janet Gamble)
  • Contract with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to conduct community needs assessment surveys in Dallas County. (Co-PI), 1994-1995. (With Wolfgang Bielefeld and Paul Waddell)
  • Contract with Dallas Health Services Planning Council to prepare Comprehensive HIV Services Plan for Dallas Eligible Metropolitan Area (Co-PI) 1994. (With G.S. Thielemann)
  • Grant from Aspen Institute to study Dallas nonprofit sector (Co-PI) 1993-95.(With Wolfgang Bielefeld)
  • Contract with Rockefeller Institute of Government to prepare overview of disability policy issues for New York State Regents Select Commission on Disability (PI) 1992.
  • Contract with National Council on Disability to prepare paper on civil rights policies on people with work disabilities. (PI) 1989
  • Contract with Milbank Memorial Fund to prepare paper on disability rights movement. (PI)  1988.
  • Travel grant from World Rehabilitation Fund to study disability policy in Great Britain. (PI) 1986
  • Grant from Harvard Sociology Department to partially fund dissertation research. 1981
Teaching Experience
Undergraduate Courses 
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Disability and Society
  • Health and Human Services in Dallas  
  • Health and Illness
  • Health, Ethics, and Society
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Organizations
  • Political Economy of Health and Illness
  • Poverty and Unemployment  
  • Professional Writing for Sociologists
  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Senior Honors Seminar
  • Social Change Social Inequality    
  • Social Movements    
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Education
  Graduate Courses  
  • Approaches to Public Policy
  • Capstone Seminar in Public Affairs
  • Domestic Social Policy Health and Illness
  • Health Policy Health Policy Research Workshop
  • Human Services Policy Research Workshop
  • Nonprofit Policy Research Workshop 
  • Organizational Theory
  • Poverty Policy Research Workshop
  • Research Practicum in Public Affairs
  • Research Seminar on Hispanics in Texas
  • Social-Economic Theories
  • Social Stratification
  • Teaching Practicum for Doctoral Students
  • Urban Community

Doctoral Dissertations Supervised

  • Karabi Bezboruah, Corporate Philanthropy in Texas (in progress)
  • Tom Browning, Three-Share Health Care Plans: One Local-Level Response to Meeting the Needs of the Uninsured (in progress) 
  • Leigh Hornsby, Transparency in Government: The Unintended Consequences of the Public Information Act on Texas Counties (in progress)
  • JoAnne Hughes, The Implementation of the Reading First Program in the Dallas Independent School District (in progress)
  • Honsoo Kim, Job Mobility and Pension Participation (in progress)
  • Sai Loganathan, Determinants of Technology Diffusion in Hospitals: the Case of Drug-Eluting    Stents(in progress)
  • Kathy Rowe, Triggers that Affect Changes in Emergency Management at Texas Four-Year          Colleges and Universities (in progress)
  • Suzanne Rivera, Social Inequalities in Biomedical Research, 2008.
  • Melissa Montgomery, The Impact of Expansions in Children=s Public Health Insurance on Children with Asthma, 2007. (Co-chair with Dr. Paul Jargowsky)
  • Julia Wai-Yin So, The Short Term Consequences of Part-time Employment on the Academic Achievement of High School Students, 2007.
  • Kim Aaron, Fascinating Rhythms: Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations and Municipal Performing Arts Centers, 2006. (Co-chair with Douglas Watson)
  • Deardra Hayes-Whigham, No Homeless Child Left Behind: The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act in Dallas, 2006.
  • Alicia Schortgen, The Face of Donors in America: Who Gives and Why It Matters. 2006.
  • Thomas Wilson, The Texas Charter Schools Movement, 2006.
  • Jeannette Oshitoye, Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Prescribing of Asthma Medication to Pediatric Patients, 2005
  • Steven Wolfson, Racial Profiling in Texas Traffic Stops, 2005
  • Clenton Winford, Benchmarking the Academic Performance of Visually Impaired Texas Public School Students, 2003
  • April Barclay, The Effects of Managed Care on the Utilization of Mental Health Services, 2001
  • Jennifer Kehende, HIV/AIDS and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2001.(Co-chair with Dr. Irving Hoch.)
  • Morris Stein, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas: A Case Study in New Institutional Theory,2000.
  • Meryl Nason, Social Movement Organizations and the Mobilization Process: An Analysis of Pro-Choice Organizations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Tyler. 1994.

News Articles

Sociology Study Examines Needs of LGBT+ Communities in Texas
Sociologists in UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences are conducting an in-depth study to identify the needs and concerns of LGBT+ communities across the state.

Dr. Richard Scotch, professor of sociology, and Dr. Kara Sutton, a sociology lecturer, were selected to conduct the needs assessment for Texas Pride Impact Funds, a Houston-based nonprofit that supports organizations and projects serving LGBT+ communities throughout the state.
Gift Expands Research into Early Childhood Education
The benefits of a high-quality preschool education are being studied with increasing detail, courtesy of a $100,000 gift from an anonymous fund of The Dallas Foundation to the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS). The philanthropic organization provided the funding to expand a previous study showing that an accredited preschool education can benefit low-income students well into their elementary years.

The research began in 2006 when Educational First Steps (EFS), a nonprofit Dallas organization, approached Dr. Richard K. Scotch and asked him to study how students with low-income backgrounds fared in school after attending accredited EFS preschools and learning centers. Scotch, a professor of sociology and political economy, used data exclusively from the Dallas Independent School District.
Study of Children from Low-Income Neighborhoods Finds Preschool Programs Can Boost Test Scores
Dallas Independent School District (DISD) students who participated in Educational First Steps (EFS) preschool programs were shown in a recent UT Dallas study to perform significantly higher in elementary math and reading test scores than their peers. 

“The most significant finding is that program quality matters in early childhood education,” said Dr. Richard K. Scotch, a professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, who conducted the study.