Dr. Adam J Newmark joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2004 and currently co-directs the MA Program in Political Science. He earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Florida, M.A. degrees from the University of South Florida and the University of Birmingham, England, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Newmark has served as a Bruce Centre for American Studies Fellow at Keele University, Honors Director for Political Science and Criminal Justice in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, and Vice President of the North Carolina Political Science Association. His areas of teaching and research focus on American Politics, State Government, Interest Groups and Lobbying, Public Policy, and Political Scandals. Courses he teaches include American National Government and Politics, State and Local Government, American Political Parties and Interest Groups, and Voting, Campaigns, and Elections. His recent publications have focused on political scandals ("When Sex Doen't Sell: Political Scandals, Culture, and Media Coverage in the States" Public Integrity with Shannon Vaughan), environmental policy ("Building a Reservoir to Nowhere: The Role of Agencies in Advocacy Coalitions" Policy Studies Journal with Brian A. Ellison), and state spending (The Strange Disappearance of State Investment in Human and Physical Capital in U.S. States" Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory with Christopher Witko).
Areas of Expertise & Interest:
- American politics
- State and local government
- Interest groups and lobbying
- Public policy
- PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 2003) Major: American Government Minors: Public Policy; Methodology
- MA University of Birmingham (December 1999), Birmingham, England Research Methods for Political Science (With Distinction)
- MA University of South Florida (May 1998), Tampa, Florida Major: American National and State Government Minor: Public Policy / Public Administration Concentration
- BA University of Florida (May 1995), Gainesville, Florida Major: Political Science (With Honors) Outside Concentration in Psychology
- American National Government and Politics
- Debates in American Politics
- American Political Parties and Interest Groups (graduate and undergraduate)
- Seminar in American Government (graduate)
- Voting, Campaigns, and Elections (graduate and undergraduate)
- State and Local Government
- Comparative State Politics (honors
- Washington at Work (undergraduate and graduate)
- Seminar in Political Behavior (graduate)
- Why Policy Changes
- Seminar in Public Policy (graduate)
- Scope and Methods (graduate)
- Research Methods and Statistics (graduate)
- Writing in Political Science: Power and Politics in the U.S.
- Writing in Political Science: Film and Politics
- Understanding the 2008 Election (honors)
- Legislative Politics, American Public Policy
- Problems in State and Local Government (graduate)
- Practical Research Skills (graduate)
Peer Reviewed Publications:
"It's All Relative: Perceptions of Interest Group Influence." With Anthony J. Nownes. Interest Groups & Advocacy. Forthcoming.
"The Information Portfolios of Interest Groups." With Anthony J. Nownes. Interest Groups & Advocacy. Forthcoming.
"When Sex Doesn't Sell: Political Scandals, Culture, and Media Coverage in the States," co-authored with Shannon Vaughan. Public Integrity. 2014. Volume 16: 121-144.
"Motivated Reasoning, Political Sophistication, and Associations between President Obama and Islam," co-authored with Todd K. Hartman. PS: Political Science & Politics. 2012. Volume 45:449-455.
"Building a Reservoir to Nowhere: The Role of Agencies in Advocacy Coalitions," co-authored with Brian Ellison. Policy Studies Journal. 2010. Volume 38: 653-678.
"The Strange Disappearance of State Investment in Human and Physical Capital in U.S. States," co-authored with Christopher Witko. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 2010. Volume 20: 215-232.
"Burning the Midnight Oil: Clandestine Behavior, Hard Work or Strategic Rush in Congressional Voting?" co-authored with Phillip J. Ardoin. American Review of Politics. 2009. Volume 30:229-250.
"The Irony of Ethics Research: When the Sun don't Shine on Enforcement," co-authored with Shannon Vaughan. Public Voices. 2008. Volume 10:87-95.
"Strategic Lobbying: The Nature of Legislator/Lobbyist Relations." Journal of Political Science. 2008. Volume 36:1-32.
"Pollution, Politics, and Preferences for Environmental Spending in the States," co-authored with Christopher Witko. Review of Policy Research. 2007. Volume 24:291-308.
"Political and Demographic Explanations of Felon Disenfranchisement Policies in the States," co-authored with Daniel S. Murphy and Phillip J. Ardoin. Justice Policy Journal. 2006. Volume 3: No. 1.
"Measuring Legislative Lobbying Regulation, 1990-2003." State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 2005. Volume 5:182-191.
"Business Mobilization and Public Policy in the U.S. States," co-authored with Christopher Witko. Social Science Quarterly. 2005. Volume 86: 356-367.
"Collective Action and the Mobilization of Institutions," co-authored with David Lowery, Virginia Gray, and Jennifer L. Anderson. Journal of Politics. 2004. Volume 66: 684-705.
"Mayflies and Old Bulls: Demographic Volatility and Experience in State Interest Communities," co-authored with Jennifer L. Anderson, David Lowery, and Virginia Gray. State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 2004. Volume 4: 140-160.
"An Integrated Approach to Policy Transfer and Diffusion." Review of Policy Research (formerly Policy Studies Review). 2002. Volume 19:151-178.
"A Dynamic Model of U.S. Senator Approval, 1981-2000," co-authored with Jennifer L. Anderson. State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 2002. Volume 2:298-316.
"Much of Politics is Still Local: Multistate Representation in State Interest Communities," co-authored with Jennifer Wolak, Todd McNoldy, David Lowery, and Virginia Gray. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 2002. Volume 27:527-555.
“Interest Groups in the States,” co-authored with Anthony J. Nownes. 2013. In Politics in the American States. Eds.Virginia Gray and Russell L. Hanson. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
“Personal Relationships and Information as Lobbying Strategies: Adaptation in the Context of the American States.” In Interest Groups & Lobbying in the United States and Comparative Perspectives. ed. Conor McGrath. The Edwin Mellon Press. 2009.
“Interest Groups and Lobbying in North Carolina: Density, Diversity, and Regulation.” 2008. In The New Politics of North Carolina. Edited by Christopher Cooper and Gibbs Knotts. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
“‘Winning in My Own Backyard’: County Government, School Board Positions Steadily More Attractive to Women Candidates,” co-authored with Charles S. Bullock III, Susan A. MacManus, Frances E. Akins, and Laura Jane Hoffman. 1999. In Women in Politics: Outsiders or Insiders.
Reprinted in Mapping Florida's Political Landscape: The Changing Art of Politics,
Reapportionment And Redistricting. Susan A. MacManus ed. Tallahassee, Florida: The Florida Institute of Government. 2002.
“Lobbyists and Lobbying.” 2014. American Governance. Cengage.
“Interest Groups and Lobbying.” 2014. American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
“State Governments.” 2008. The Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Title: Co-Director of MA Program, Professor of Political Science
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies
Email address: Email me
Phone: (828) 262-6341