Robert P. Stoker

Robert P. Stoker
Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Public Administration
Monroe Hall 413
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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 about U.S. efforts to support low-income working families.


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.

Office Hours

By appointment.

Classes Taught

PSC 2240 Poverty, Welfare, and Work

PSC 3192W Economic and Political Inequality