William C. Adams
Areas of Expertise
- Research methods
- Applied statistics
- Program evaluation
- Public opinion surveys
- Mass communications
Bill Adams is Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration. His research interests span several fields, including public administration, public policy, political science, applied statistics, and mass communications.
Professor Adams earned his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University, and his B.A. and M.A. from Baylor University. Books that he has authored and edited are Election Night News and Voter Turnout: Solving the Projection Puzzle; Television Coverage of the 1980 Presidential Campaign; Television Coverage of International Affairs; Television Coverage of the Middle East; and Television Network News: Issues in Content Research.
At the Rand Corporation, Dr. Adams co-authored An Assessment of Telephone Survey Methods, a Rand monograph. His scholarly studies have been published in journals such as Experimental Study of Politics, Foreign Service Journal, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Broadcasting, Journal of Communication, Journal of Church and State, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journalism Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Policy Review, Political Communication and Persuasion, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Administration and Management, Public Administration Review, Public Manager, Public Opinion, and Public Opinion Quarterly.
Chapters by Prof. Adams have also been published in books such as Media Power in Politics; Media and Momentum; Doing Public Administration; Practicing Texas Politics; The President and the Public; Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies; Political and Civic Leadership; and Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation.
For many years, Prof. Adams was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Communication and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Vanderbilt University Television News Archive. He has conducted research for organizations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. State Department, the space shuttle (United Space Alliance), Goodwill Industries, Reuters, the Council on Foreign Relations, and others.
In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright to teach at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He has lectured at many universities abroad and, as of 2021, he has now visited every one of the 196 countries in the world.
PhD, Political Science, The George Washington University
MA, Political Science, Baylor University
BA, Political Science, Baylor University
“Malaysian Think Tanks and University Policy Institutes: Reflecting or Diverging from Regional Expectations?” with D. Infeld and N. Rosnah. On Think Tanks (July 2018).
“Network Bibliometrics of Public Policy Journals,” with D. Infeld, K. Wikrent, and O. Cisse, Policy Studies Journal, 44:S1 (April 2016).
“Using the Internet” in K. Newcomer, J. Wholey, H. Hatry, and K. Newcomer, eds, Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (4th ed., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2015).
“Conducting Semi-Structured Interviews” in K. Newcomer, J. Wholey, H. Hatry, and K. Newcomer, eds, Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (4th ed., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2015).
“Policy Journal Trends and Tensions: JPAM and PSJ,” with D. Infeld, L. Minnichelli, and M. Ruddell, Policy Studies Journal, 42:S1 (April 2014).
“Statistical Software for Curriculum and Careers,” with D. Infeld and C. Wulff, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19:1 (Winter 2013).
“Teaching Public Management as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia,” Journal of Public Affairs Education, 17:4 (Fall 2011).
“Fulbright Scholars in Political Science,” with D. Infeld, PS: Political Science and Politics, 44:3 (July 2011).
“MPA and MPP Students: Twins, Siblings, or Distant Cousins,” with D. Infeld, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 17:2 (Spring 2011).
“Fulbright Scholars in Public Administration, Public Affairs, and Public Policy,” with D. Infeld, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 17:1 (Winter 2011).
“Career Values of Public Administration and Public Policy Students in China, Malaysia and the United States,” with D. Infeld, G. Qi and N. Rosnah, International Journal of Public Administration, 33 (December 2010).
“Whose Lives Count?” (first published in 1986) reprinted in a collection of landmark studies: Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, T. Miller, ed. (Oxford: Routledge, 2003).
PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6019 MPP Capstone
PPPA 6085 Think Tanks and Public Policy