Dr. William Hicks

Dr. William Hicks joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2014. His primary field of study is American Politics, with a specific focus on direct democracy, legislative processes, legislative behavior, and representation in the American states. His research interests also include political science research methods broadly, and applied quantitative methods for clustered and longitudinal data specifically. Dr. Hicks’ recent publications have appeared in refereed journals such as Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, and State Politics & Policy Quarterly.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • Legislative development, organization, & behavior 
  • Representation 
  • Direct democracy, electoral institutions, & electoral rules 
  • Quantitative methods for hierarchical, longitudinal, or otherwise clustered data


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Florida 
  • M.A. in Political Science, Florida Atlantic University 
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Montana

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate courses 
    • Methods & Statistics 
    • Practical Research Skills 
    • Scope & Methods 
  • Undergraduate courses
    • Introduction to American Government & Politics 
    • State & Local Government 
    • Public Opinion


Title: Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science
Department: hickswd@appstate.edu

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6031

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
352 M Anne Belk Hall


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