Robert P. Stoker

Robert P. Stoker

Professor of Political Science
Monroe 413
Phone: 202-994-5831
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Politics of policy making; social policy; urban policy; program evaluation; policy implementation; public policy

Professor Stoker's research and teaching interests are in the field of public policy. His first book, Reluctant Partners, analyzed the difficulties of policy implementation in a context of diffuse authority. His second book, When Work is not Enough, focused on policies and programs to assist low-income working families. His current research focuses on urban revitalization. He is presently completing a book on the Empowerment Zone program and participating in a cross-national study of neighborhood revitalization initiatives. Stoker regularly teaches courses relating to policy analysis methods and the politics of the policy making process. He occasionally teaches undergraduate courses relating to social policy problems.

Current Research

Professor Stoker is currently working on a new book that focuses on urban policy and problems in the U.S.


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1983

M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1979

B.A., The Ohio State University, 1976



Professor Stoker's most recent book is Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.

Classes Taught

PSC 2240 Poverty, Welfare, and Work

PSC 3192W Politics of Inequality

Policy Analysis (Masters students)

U.S. Social Policy (PhD seminar)

PSC 8286 Public Policy