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Carol S. Weissert, Director

Dr. Weissert became the director of the Institute in October of 2007. She is also the LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. Prior to taking that position in August 2003, she was professor of political science and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

Her research focuses on federalism and intergovernmental issues and state policy, particularly health policy. She has published over four dozen articles in political science and public policy journals and is the author or co-author of four recent books including Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy, the fourth edition of which was published in 2011 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She is the former editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, an international journal on federalism and intergovernmental relations published by Oxford University Press. She was 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Government in Australia and is a fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration. Her doctorate in political science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.