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Carol Weissert

LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar and Chair of Civic Education and Political Science

Office: Bellamy 542
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Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

M.P.A. George Washington University

B.S. Mississippi University of Women

Areas of Interest:

Federalism, state politics, health policy

Selected Publications:

  • Kevin Fahey, C. Weissert and Matthew Uttermark. 2018. Extra, Extra, (Don’t) Roll-Off About it! Newspaper Endorsements for Ballot Measures. State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 18(1): 93-113.
  • William Hicks and C. Weissert. 2018. Home Rule Be Damned: Exploring Policy Conflicts Between Statehouse and City Hall. PS: Political Science and Politics. 51(1): 26-38.
  • C. Weissert, Benjamin Pollack and Richard P. Nathan. 2017. Intergovernmental Negotiation in Medicaid: Arkansas and the Premium Assistance Waiver. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 47 (3): 445-466.
  • C. Weissert and William Weissert. 2017. Medicaid Waivers and Negotiated Federalism in the U.S. :Is There Relevance to Other Federal Systems?” Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. 22 (4): 261-264.
  • William Weissert and C. Weissert. 2019. Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy. 5th ed Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • C. Weissert and David Jones. 2015. Devolution Paradox and the U.S. South. Regional and Federal Studies 25(3): 259-276.
  • C. Weissert. 2011. Beyond Marble Cakes and Picket Fences: What U.S. Federalism Scholars Can Learn from Comparative Work. Journal of Politics. 73(4): 965-979.

Selected Presentations:

  • "Institutional Impact on Effectiveness of Women State Legislators." 2017. With Kevin Fahey and Teresa Stanquist. State Politics and Policy annual meeting. St. Louis.
  • "Networks and Bill Introduction in the Florida House of Representatives." 2017. With Matthew Pietryka, Kevin Fahey, Teresa Cornacchione and Patrick Merle. Comparative Agendas Project annual meeting. Edinburgh.
  • "Institutional Impact on Effectiveness of Women State Legislators." 2017. With Kevin Fahey and Teresa Cornacchione. Southern Political Science Association annual meeting. New Orleans.

Professional Experience:

  • Director, LeRoy Collins Institute, Florida State University 
  • 2006-2014 Editor, Publius: The Journal of Federalism
  • Editorial Boards: Legislative Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Journal of Political Science Education, Publius: The Journal of Federalism

Courses Taught:

  • POS1041: American National Government
  • POS3122: American State Government
  • POS5127: State Government and Politics (graduate course)
  • PUP5007: Public Policy-Institutions and Processes (graduate course)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2016 Australian-American Fulbright-Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science
  • 2012 Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration
  • 2008 Recipient of the Donald Stone Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Intergovernmental Relations presented by the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management, of the American Society for Public Administration
  • 2003 Recipient of the Daniel J. Elazar Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations presented by the American Political Science Association Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations

Outreach and Service:

  • 2006 - Current time Director, LeRoy Collins Institute, Florida State University
  • 2015 - Provost Search Committee, Florida State University 

Professional Organizations:

  • 2017-2018: Executive Council, American Political Science Association
  • 2013-2016: Chair, Organized Section Committee, American Political Science Association
  • 2013: Chair, Selection Committee, Journal of Politics Editor
  • 2010: President, Southern Political Science Association

Current Students:

  • Scott Bell
  • Matt Uttermark
  • Kenneth Mackie