Meet The New Council Members: Frank R. Baumgartner

Frank R. Baumgartner holds the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professorship in Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.  He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1986 after previously getting his BA and MA at that same institution. He taught for one year at the University of Iowa, then for 11 years at Texas A&M University, 10 years at Penn State University, and has been at UNC-CH since 2009.  He has had visiting appointments at Caltech, SciencesPo (Paris), and the European University Institute (Florence) as well as shorter visits at a number of universities in the US and western Europe.  He served as Department Head at Penn State; is currently responsible for diversity efforts within the UNC department; has served in numerous capacities on various editorial boards including those of the JOP and AJPS, and currently sits on several, including Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration, and the Journal of European Public Policy.  He has served on various leadership committees at the APSA, MPSA, and at NSF.


His work focuses on policy making processes, lobbying, agenda-setting, and framing in US and comparative perspective.  This includes books such as Agendas and Instability in American Politics and The Politics of Information (with Bryan Jones), Lobbying and Policy Change, and The Decline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence.  He has edited several books as well, and published journal articles in many of the major US and European journals.  He has been awarded the Wildavsky prize for a work of lasting influence in public policy; the Kammerer Award for the best book on US national policy; the Epstein Award for the best book on parties and organizations; and the Elsdersveld Career Achievement Award from the APSA Section on Political Organizations and Parties.


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