Donald P. "DHM" Haider-Markel
Department of Political Science
Contact InformationOffice phone number(s): 785-864-9034
Office: 518 Blake Hall
Office hours: 1:00-3:00 Mon, Tues, Wed
Personal Web Page: http://people.ku.edu/~dhmarkel/
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|Mailing Address:||Department of Political Science|
|1541 Lilac Lane, 504 Blake|
|Lawrence, KS 66044-3177|
Graduated from: University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, Ph. D., Political Science, 1997
University of Minnesota, B.A., Political Science, 1992
First Appointed at KU: 1997
Areas of Interest
Brief list of research and teaching interests:
Public policy, political institutions, public opinion.
Because my research interests and activities are fairly diverse, I typically do not classify them under any category other than American public policy or policy orientated research. However, my research agenda contributes to major sub-fields of American politics, including legislative institutions, bureaucracy, public opinion. My substantive policy interests include civil rights, criminal justice, social policy, and the environment. Furthermore, although my work is firmly grounded in political science, it is informed by theoretical and empirical work in law and criminal justice, sociology, psychology, and economics.
Most of my pre-tenure research focused on the representation of “outsider” groups within political institutions and the policy process. In fact, group activity (inside and outside of government) has been a central interest of mine since I was an undergraduate. However, my examination of groups and their influence has developed into a strong interest in political institutions, the policy process, as well as in public opinion. It has always been my belief that one can learn an incredible amount about the American political system and the policy process simply by studying particular groups (see for example my articles in the Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, American Politics Research, and Urban Affairs Review).
Over time my policy research has lead me to become more engaged in democratic theory. Therefore, I have broadened my focus on the representation of groups in the policy process to include the representation of interests within institutions and the policy process. For the most part my attention is on minority interests. One line of this research is culminating in recent articles in Legislative Studies Quarterly and Politics & Gender, as well as my 2010 book with Out and Running on the role of candidate sexual orientation in state legislative elections and the subsequent influence of gay and lesbian legislators on state policy. This research was supported by a Wayne F. Placek grant from the American Psychological Foundation.
Another line of this ongoing research concerns the role of descriptive and symbolic representation of minorities in the bureaucracy on outcomes, including the attitudes of citizens that interact with the bureaucracy. Some of this work is under submission, but one piece was published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. A third line of this research is based on an NSF funded project for which I am co-principal investigator. This project explores racialized criminal justice, including racial profiling by police relying primarily on an original survey of citizens and in-depth interviews with police and citizens. The book-length draft uses mixed methods to examine the ways in which citizens and police interpret their interactions through the prism of race. A book length manuscript for the University of Chicago Press will be completed in 2012.
My growing interest in elements of democratic theory and the representation of interests has resulted in continuing work on understanding the role of minority interests in majoritarian institutions, such as direct democracy. Publications in this vein include book chapters as well as articles in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. In addition, I am pursuing this line of research with a book I am co-editing with Jami Taylor (Transgender Rights and Politics, University of Michigan, 2013). The more I examine minority interests in direct democracy contests, the more interested I am in understanding connections between public opinion and policy--both bottom-up and top-down. This element of my research focuses on the influence of public opinion on state policy, as well as how the actions of national institutions, including Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidency, have influenced public opinion. A variety of refereed articles and book chapters, including some in Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, reflect this dimension of my research.
As my research examining the connections between opinion and policy has developed, I have also become increasingly interested in attitude formation, especially in terms of causal attributions and issue framing. For example, in one line of my research I employ attribution theory to understand whether citizens attribute biological causes for everything from sexual orientation (articles in PS and Public Opinion Quarterly), to intelligence, to obesity (works in progress). In addition, I then analyze how causal attributions, once made, shape individual policy preferences (articles in PS and Public Opinion Quarterly). The other line of this research is focused on issue framing (articles in the Journal of Politics, Politics & Gender, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Political Communication) or explorations of how socializing forces, such as education and religion, shape individual attitudes about issues such as counter-terrorism policy, torture, teaching evolution, and gay civil rights (article in Social Science Quarterly and work in progress or under review).
Finally, my general interest in the policy process continues to highlight state level policy processes as well as the effects of state political institutions on outcomes. My research on policy adoption processes has continued to contribute to the literature on state policy diffusion (articles in Political Research Quarterly and State Politics and Policy Quarterly) as well as institutions (article in Political Research Quarterly). Although I will likely continue to conduct some amount of research on state politics, and am doing so with an edited volume for the Oxford Handbook of American Politics Series (2012), I suspect that my theoretical contributions will increasingly weave together elements of theories from public opinion and public policy literature.
I have served as instructor in a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including American politics and institutions (graduate and undergraduate), the presidency, identity politics, and a variety of graduate and undergraduate public policy courses, such as scope of public policy, policy formation and adoption, environmental policy, comparative state politics, bureaucratic politics, extremism and terrorism, and quantitative methods. Student evaluations give me an average score of 4.4 on a five-point scale. In recognition of my graduate teaching and advising I received the prestigious W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2005, as well as several other University wide teaching awards.
Selected and Recent Publications
Books and Monographs
Taylor, Jami Kathleen, and Donald P. Haider-Markel. Eds. 2013. Transgender Rights and Politics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (under contract).
Haider-Markel, Donald P. ed. 2012. Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Oxford Handbook of American Politics Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (book manuscript in progress and under contract).
Haider-Markel, Donald P. 2010. Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. ed. 2008. Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
Haider-Markel, Donald P. 2004. Media Coverage of Lawrence v. Texas: An Analysis of Content, Tone, and Frames in National and Local News Reporting. New York: The GLAAD Center for the Study of Media and Society.
Smith, Raymond A., and Donald P. Haider-Markel. 2002. Gay and Lesbian Americans and Political Participation. Denver: ABC-CLIO Publishers.
Recent Journal Articles
Doan, Alesha E., and Donald P. Haider-Markel. 2010. “The Role of Intersectional Stereotypes on Evaluations of Political Candidates.” Politics & Gender 6(1):63-91.
Theobald, Nick A., and Donald P. Haider-Markel. 2009. “Race, Bureaucracy, and Symbolic Representation: Interactions Between Citizens and Police.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 19(2):409-426.
Haider-Markel, Donald and Mark Joslyn. 2008. “Understanding Beliefs about the Origins of Homosexuality and Subsequent Support for Gay Rights: An Empirical Test of Attribution Theory” Public Opinion Quarterly 72(2):291-310.
Haider-Markel, Donald P. and Andrea Vieux. 2008. “Gender and Conditional Support for Torture in the War on Terror.” Politics & Gender 4(1):5-33.
Haider-Markel, Donald P. and Mark Joslyn. 2008. “Pulpits versus Ivory Towers: Socializing Agents and Evolution Attitudes” Social Science Quarterly 89(3):665-83.
Sharp, Elaine B., and Donald P. Haider-Markel. 2008. “At the Invitation of the Court: Eminent Domain Reform in State Legislatures in the Wake of the Kelo Decision” Publius 38(3):556-575.
Stoutenborough, James W., and Donald P. Haider-Markel. 2008. “Public Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court: A New Look at the Impact of Court Decisions” The Social Science Journal 45(1):28–47.
Daley, Dorothy, Donald P. Haider-Markel, and Andrew B. Whitford. 2007. “Checks, Balances, and the Cost of Regulation: Evidence from the American States.” Political Research Quarterly 60(4):696-706
Haider-Markel, Donald P. 2007. “Representation and Backlash: The Positive and Negative Influence of Descriptive Representation.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 32(1):107-134.
Haider-Markel, Donald P., Alana Querze, and Kara Lindaman. 2007. “Lose, Win, or Draw? A Reexamination of Direct Democracy and Minority Rights.” Political Research Quarterly 60(2):304-314.
Haider-Markel, Donald P., and Carol Carr. 2007. “The Political Fallout of Taking a Stand: The President, Congress, and the Schiavo Case.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 37(3):449–467.
Haider-Markel, Donald P. and William Delehanty, and Matthew Beverlin. 2007. “Media Framing and Racial Attitudes in the Aftermath of Katrina.” Policy Studies Journal 35(4):587–605.
Joslyn, Mark and Donald P. Haider-Markel. 2007. “Self versus Sociotropic Concerns and Support for Counterterrorism Policies.” Social Science Quarterly 88(2):306-319.