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Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts
Director, the Project for Equity, Representation & Governance
Professor Meier is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He also directs the Project for Equity, Representation and Governance, the Texas Educational Excellence Project, and the Carlos Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment and holds a joint appointment as a professor of public management at the Cardiff University School of Business (Wales). He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Professor Meier’s research is characterized by a multi-disciplinary approach that combines both empirical and normative questions. He uses institutional theories of politics applied to a wide range of substantive issues to determine who gets what, when and how. Past research projects have examined education policy, insurance regulation, access to abortion and family planning, gay rights, drug and alcohol policy, government corruption, agricultural policy, political patronage, public health policies, antitrust policy, child support enforcement, gun control policy, tobacco policy, sexual assault, gender and bureaucracy, and numerous other issues. Key themes in his studies include representation, institutional governance, equity, and institutional interaction.
Professor Meier currently has three major, multi-year research projects. The minority education project examines the politics of Latino and African American education in 1800 school districts throughout the United States. It considers questions of electoral structure, access to political power, representation in management and bureaucratic positions, and the performance of minority students on a wide range of indicators. A second project on public management considers how institutions are governed and managed and what difference various governance structures and management strategies make. This wide-ranging agenda includes a book project linking bureaucracy to democracy, a book project presenting and testing a formal, nonlinear theory of management, and a book project demonstrating that this approach can be used to study all political institutions. A third project combines the approaches of the above two projects to study similar questions in other countries. Current research projects are on-going in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
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Professor Meier was the editor of the American Journal of Political Science (1994-1997), an associate editor of the Journal of Politics (1991-1993), and associate editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2000-2009) and the Johns Hopkins University Press Series in Public Management. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He has been a Big XII Faculty Fellow (University of Missouri) and an Advanced Institute for Management International Fellow (U.K.). He served as president of the Public Management Research Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the Southwest Political Science Association. His work has received the Clarence Kulp Award (1990), the Gustavus Myers Award (1991, 1993), the Herbert Kaufman Award (1992, 2001, 2007, 2011), the Herbert Simon Lecture Award (1999), the American Society for Public Administration/National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Distinguished Research Award, (2003), the Joseph Wholey Award (2004), the Charles Levine Award (2005), the William and Frederick Mosher Award (2005), the John Gaus Award (2006), the Lucius Barker Award (2007), the Accenture Advances in Public Management Award (2007), the George Frederickson Award (2011), the C. Dwight Waldo Award (2010), the State Politics and Policy Career Achievement Award (2010), the Herbert A. Simon book award (2011) as well as awards from the Academy of Management (2000), Public Administration Review (2001), and the American Society for Public Administration (2002), and the Association of Former Students (2003). He has received mentoring awards from the American Political Science Association sections of Public Policy (2006), women and politics (2008) and Latino politics (2005) and the Texas A&M Former Students Association.