As an instructor, I draw on a number of resources from my colleagues. I regularly assign readings from Paul Cairney's "Politics & Public Policy" site, especially the key policy theories and concepts in 1000 words, and Raul Pacheco-Vega's website has many resources for teaching public policy and administration courses. On this page I've posted some of the course materials I've developed, with the hopes that they are useful to others teaching public policy.


Public Policy Theory & Application 

This course is an introduction to the critical examination of policy making in democratic societies. The course covers several theoretical approaches as “lenses” through which public policy problems and processes can be analyzed and understood, such as policy diffusion, social construction and policy design theory, and policy feedback.

Public Policy Analysis 

This course provides an introduction to public policy analysis. Topics include the ideal and actual roles of policy analysis in policy processes, assessment of data and evidence during execution of policy analysis, and traditional policy analysis methods (e.g.: cost-benefit analysis), as well as alternative approaches (e.g.: stakeholder analysis, gender analysis, race analysis, etc.).

Research Design

This course introduces the fundamentals of research design in the social sciences. The course takes students through the entire research design process, from developing research questions to selecting and executing various data collection and analysis methods. The course’s overarching goal is to prepare students to critically process, generate, and communicate public affairs research.

Governance & the Economy 

This course provides an introduction to how government actions affect the economy - and vice versa. The course emphasizes the intertwined relationship between government actions and economic activity, and how governance choices result in both desired and unintended consequences for economic markets and citizens.



I use presentation slides as visual representations of a policy theory's core ideas, concepts, and logic (rather than as notes). My slide decks are therefore visual in nature, featuring relatively few words. Download PowerPoint slide decks below. Please note: The slides feature fonts that may need to be imported, such as Raleway and Lato. These can be downloaded from Google Fonts.

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Using Policy

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Multiple Streams Analysis

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Punctuated Equilibrium Theory

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Policy Innovation & Diffusion Theory

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Social Construction & Policy Design

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Framing & the Narrative Policy Framework

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Policy Feedback Theory

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Social Movement Theory


I use recorded mini-lectures (which I call "videocasts") when teaching online. I've found that Prezi presentations are a nice way to create engaging videocasts that incorporate movement and avoid having the viewer stare at the same PowerPoint slide for several minutes. Links to my public Prezi presentations are below, where you can copy and adapt the "Classic" presentations that I have developed and view those created in Prezi "Next".

Policy Analysis Presentations on Prezi Classic

Access Prezi Classic presentations that can be copied and edited.

Bardach's Eightfold Path

View presentation on Prezi Next.

Forms of Government Action

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Government Failure

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Race Analysis for Policy Analysts 

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