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Scholarly Interest Report
Donald Ostdiek
Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Director of Policy Studies
  • B.A. (1988) The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. (1990) The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. (1996) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Primary Department
   Policy Studies
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Department Affiliations
  • Department of Political Science
     Policy Studies Home Page
    Research Areas
     Public policy and state policy making. Policy implications surrounding global climate change and related enviromental issues. The role of science in public policy making.
    Research Statement
     My research has centered on subnational policy making, particularly at the state level. The research exams issues such as the effects of redistricting policy, the effects of legislative professionalism on the state policy process, the determinants of the scope and success of gubernatorial legislative agendas, and the attitudes of state media elites.

    This research will expand into substantive policy areas, including issues of environmental policy making.
    Selected Publications

    Donald Ostdiek, Thad Beyle, G. Patrick Lynch "Ideology and Partisanship in the North Carolina Media." North Carolina Datanet (December 1993)


    Donald Ostdiek, Thad Beyle, G. Patrick Lynch "Is the State Press Corps Biased? The View from State Elites." Journal of the Council of State Governments (February 1997)


    Ostdiek, Donald "Congressional Redistricting and District Typologies." Journal of Politics (May, 1995)


    "State Legislative Openness and Legislative Professionalism." State of the States, College Station, Texas. (March 2-3) With Margaret Ferguson


    "Legislative Professionalism and MemberBehavior." American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (Sept 1, 2000) With Margaret Ferguson


    "Determining the Scope of Gubernatorial Legislative Agendas." Western Political Science Association, Seattle, WA. (March, 1999) With Margaret Ferguson

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Referee Reports, Journal of Politics, Southern Political Science Association

     Public Policy/Public Admisistration Program Section Head, Southwest Political Science Association