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james e. vike, phd, professor of political science

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James E. Vike PhD

Director of Masters of Public Administration

  • PhD Political Science 1996

    Syracuse University (NY)

  • BA Political Science 1986

    Willamette University (OR)

  • POLS 265 Political and Civic Engagement

  • POLS 310 Behavioral Study of Politics

  • PA 502 Organizational Theory for Public Administration

My current research interests spread across the disparate fields of bureaucratic politics and political engagement. My work on bureaucratic politics focuses on examining the extent of political influence on the regulatory scope and enforcement outputs of federal and state-level regulatory agencies.

My work on political engagement focuses on isolating key factors for promoting political engagement among young citizens without simultaneously triggering partisan polarization and uncivil discourse.

Selected Awards

  • Trainer Faculty Fellow, Oskin Leadership Institute of Widener University, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Vike, J.E. (2007). The bureaucracy as a battleground: Contentious politics surrounding OSHA 1980–2004. Politics & Policy, 35(3), 570–607.

  • Vike, J.E. (2003). State influence in the presidential selection process: Assessing Pennsylvania's non-participation in the frontloading trend. Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, 12, 51–75.

  • Vike, J.E. (2014, April). Is civil political engagement possible? Examining factors associated with non-polarized political engagement in a deeply divisive era. Presentation at the President's Invited Lecture, Widener University, Chester, PA.