About William E. Hudson
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.
Honors and Awards
- Paul J. Weber Award, Religion and Politics Section, American Political Science Association
- Faculty Research Award- AAUP Providence Chapter
- Recipient Quebec Research Grant for research on Quebec politics, June-July 1988 Montreal and Quebec City
- PSC 101 Politics
- PSC 201 American Government and Politics
- PSC 318 American Public Policy
- PSC 488 America's Fiscal Future
Books and Contributions to Books (4)
A Citizen's Guide to Deficits and Debt : The Politics of Taxing, Spending and Borrowing (2014)
America is currently involved in one of the worst economic crises of modern times. As alarm increases over how the government will balance the budget, handle the debt, and maintain prosperity for the future, the ...
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 Occupy Wall Street, American Democracy in Peril encapsulates the tumultuous state of American politics more than ever. Hudson's provocative book ...
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 rigorous intellectual framework that teachers seek. What distinguishes this volume is that the contributors are writing for their peers. They ...
When Church Teachings and Policy Commitments Collide: Perspectives on Catholics in the U.S. House of Representatives Politics and Religion (2008)
This article investigates the influence of religious values on domestic social policy-making, with a particular focus on Catholics. We analyze roll call votes in the 109th Congress and find that Catholic identification is associated with ...
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 policy course. After a brief description of the rationale and procedures associated with introducing the service component, impacts on student ...
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 through the creation of an academic degree program in Public and Community Service Studies. In addition to administering this new ...
The Entrepreneurial State Goes to Europe New England Journal of Public Policy (1993)
This article investigates state-level export programs in response to the emerging new economic and political regime of Europe 1992. Little related export promotion activity is found, even in states reputed to have the most active ...
Business and State Economic Development Western Political Quarterly (1988)
This study is concerned with the attitudes and behavior of business people relative to industrial policy. Two possible responses from business toward such policy are deduced from literature on business elites and politics. These competing ...
Corporatist Policy Making & State Economic Development Polity (1985)
Proponents of industrial policy often advocate establishing corporatist policy making mechanisms as an approach to formulating economic development policy. Utilizing data from statewide telephone surveys, this article analyzes the failure of corporatist policy making to ...