William E. Hudson is a Professor of Political Science at Providence College where he
teaches courses in American politics and public policy. Hudson hails from the Midwest
where he earned a BA from Indiana University in 1970. He earned his Ph.D. at Brown
(1976). After initial work on federal grant politics, Hudson’s research concentrated on
state level economic development policy in the 1980s. More recently, his research
interests have turned to both Catholic Social Teaching’s impact on contemporary public
policy debates and on federal fiscal policy. Since 1974, he has taught at PC and served
in a variety of administrative capacities including Department chair, Director of the
Public Administration Program, Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service,
Chair of the Core Curriculum Review Committee, and Chair of the Committee to Aid Faculty
Research. 

Books and Contributions to Books

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American Democracy in Peril: Seven Challenges to America’s Future (2013)

With the economic crisis, intense partisan gridlock, and social movements like the Tea Party and...

 

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The Libertarian Illusion (2008)

Looking at public policy debates in conventional terms—in terms of conflict between the left and...

 

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Experiencing Citizenship: Service-learning in Political Science (1997)

This practical guide is intended for faculty and service-learning directors, combining the how-to information and...

 

Articles

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When Church Teachings and Policy Commitments Collide: Perspectives on Catholics in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Elizabeth A. Oldmixon), Politics and Religion (2008)

This article investigates the influence of religious values on domestic social policy-making, with a particular...

 

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Getting and Keeping a Job at a Private Liberal Arts College, but Your Graduate Advisor Didn’t Tell You (with Michelle Donaldson Deardorff, Marianne Githens, Glen Halva-Neubauer, Grant Reeher, and Ronald Seyb), PS: Political Science and Politics (2001)
 

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Combining Community Service and the Study of American Public Policy, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (1996)

This paper reports on one faculty member’s experience introducing a service-learning component into a public...

 

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An Essay on the Institutionalization of Service-Learning: The Genesis of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (1995)

Over the past two years, Providence College has institutionalized service-learning into its liberal arts curriculum...

 

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The Entrepreneurial State Goes to Europe (with John Carroll and Mark Hyde), New England Journal of Public Policy (1993)

This article investigates state-level export programs in response to the emerging new economic and political...

 

Book Reviews

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Review of Federalism and Federation by Preston King, American Political Science Review (1983)