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Ph.D. - Political Economy and Government Harvard University - 1993
J.D. University of California, Berkeley - 1983
B.S. - Economics & Civil Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1980
Research and Teaching Interests
Political Economy (fiscal policy, governance and finance of higher education, civil society)
American Politics (institutions and processes, political and civic organizations, campaign finance)
Lowry, Robert C. N.d. “The Context of State Public Policymaking: Why is Mississippi Still so Different from Maine?” In The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Politics, Donald Haider-Markel (ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming. forthcoming - Publication
Lowry, Robert C. 2013. Mobilizing Money: Political Action Committees and Political
Participation. American Politics Review. Prepublished online February 7 as
doi:10.1177/1532673X12472366. 2013 - Publication
Lowry, Robert C. 2012. “Fiscal Policy in the American States.” In Virginia H. Gray, Russell L. Hanson, and Thad Kousser (eds), Politics in the American States: A Comparative Analysis, 309-338. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 10th edition. 2012 - Publication
Lowry, Robert C. and Alisa Hicklin Fryar 2012. “The Politics of Higher Education.” In Virginia H. Gray, Russell L. Hanson, and Thad Kousser (eds), Politics in the American States: A Comparative Analysis, 405-435. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 10th edition. 2012 - Publication
Alt, James E. and Robert C. Lowry. N.d. Transparency and Accountability: Empirical Results for U.S. States. Journal of Theoretical Politics: forthcoming. 2010 - Publication
Lowry, Robert C. 2010. “Fiscal Policy.” In George Thomas Kurian (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Vol. 2, 594-595. Washington, DC: CQ Press. 2010 - Publication
Lowry, Robert C. 2009. Reauthorization of the Federal Higher Education Act and Accountability for Student Learning: The Dog That Didn't Bark. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 39(Summer): 506-526. 2009 - Publication
Lowry, Robert C. 2009. Incomplete Contracts and the Political Economy of the Privatized Public University. In Christopher C. Morphew and Peter D. Eckel (eds.) Privatizing the Public University: Perspectives from across the Academy, 33-59. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2009 - Publication
Political Science Program Head The University of Texas at Dallas [2007–Present]
Professor The University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Director Iowa State University [2005–2006]
Professor Iowa State University [2005–2006]
Visiting Scholar Harvard University [2004–2005]
Associate Professor Iowa State University [2000–2005]
Assistant Professor Michigan State University [2000–2000]
Assistant Professor Michigan State University [1993–1999]
Political Parties and Civil Society in Federal Countries
2009–2009Global Dialogue on Federalism: USA Roundtable, sponsored by the Forum of Federations. University of Central Arkansas, November 6, 2009.
Incomplete Contracts and the Political Economy of the Privatized Public University
2006–2006State of the Art Conference on The Privatization of the Public Research University, Institute for Higher Education, University of Georgia, September 7-9, 2006.
Understanding the Whole Package: Public Welfare Spending and Private Social Services in American States
2004–2004University of Texas at Dallas, December 1, 2004.
Financing Higher Education Institutions in the 21st Century
2001–2001Research conference, Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, May 22-23, 2001.
It's Better to Rely on Well-designed Institutions than on Well-behaved People
2001–2001Research conference, University of California, Los Angeles, May 18-19, 2001.
Professional Service and Affiliations
Editorial boards State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 2005- American Journal of Political Science, 2006-09
Executive Council, Section on State Politics and Policy, American Political Science Association, 2008-2010
Award committees Best Paper and Best Graduate Student Paper on State Politics and Policy presented at the 2008 meeting of the American Political Science Association Party Politics Award, APSA Section on Political Organizations and Parties, 2006 Robert H. Durr Award for best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem in political science, Midwest Political Science Association, 2003
Mentor, W.T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program, 2008-
Chair and discussant at various professional conferences. Recent participation includes: Discussant American Political Science Association 2007-09 Midwest Political Science Association 2007, 2009, 2010
Chair American Political Science Association 2006 Midwest Political Science Association 2009
Ad hoc reviewer, American Journal of Political Science; American Political Science Review; American Politics Research; British Journal of Political Science; Economics & Politics; Economics of Education Review; Economics of Governance; Electoral Studies; The Journal of Politics; Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; National Tax Journal; Party Politics; Political Research Quarterly; Politics & Policy; Politique Amricaine; Public Choice; Public Budgeting and Finance; Public Finance and Management; Public Finance Review; Publius: The Journal of Federalism; Southern Economic Journal; State and Local Government Review; State Politics & Policy Quarterly; McGraw-Hill Books, College Division; SAGE Publications; W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.; the National Science Foundation; The Aspen Institute Nonprofit Sector Research Fund.
Member, American Political Science Association; Midwest Political Science Association; American Economic Association.
Honors and Awards
Iowa State University Department of Political Science, Alumni Award for Senior Faculty Excellence, 2005.
Iowa State University, Faculty Professional Development Assignment, 2004-05.
Predoctoral fellowship, Harvard-MIT Research Training Group in Positive Political Economy, 1992-93.
Member, California Law Review, 1982-83
Member, Chi Epsilon (national civil engineering honor society), 1979
The 16th annual State Politics and Policy Conference, which runs today through Saturday, will focus on the relationship between the federal government and states The Political Violence and Policy Conference, which will take place today and Friday, will explore theories on political violence. The state politics conference is an annual event of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The conference is expected to draw close to 150 political scientists for sessions focusing on topics including presidential primaries, redistricting, judicial elections and immigration policy. State Rep. Jason Villalba will deliver the keynote speech Friday
Dr. Robert Lowry, program head for political science, organized the forum, which will take place Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the UT Dallas Conference Center.
Students, faculty and staff members are invited to attend. The event is also open to members of the community who have an interest in the historic changes taking place this year in several nations in Asia and Africa.
National Party Committees, Competitive 6 Elections, and State Autonomy Before and After the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002
$86,370 - National Science Foundation [2004–2008]
Congressional Parties and Campaign Finance: Improving Democratic Performance
$2,500 - American Political Science Association Small Research Grant [2003–2004]
Institutions and Decision Making in Higher Education
- Michigan State University, Program in Political Institutions and Public Choice [1995–1996]
State Governance Systems and Pricing Policies in Public Higher Education
$3,831 - Michigan State University All-University Research Grant [1994–1995]
State Level Funding Changes to Michigan Nonprofits: 1989-1993
- Michigan State University Nonprofit Research Initiative Grant [1994–1994]