B.A., Northwestern University
M.A., Miami (Ohio) University
Ph.D., Duke University
Retired Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Bill Stouffer is a retired professor in the Department of Political Science. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University and following that degree, he spent two years at Harvard and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria for Peace Corp. Training. Prior to that experience, Dr. Stouffer earned his M.A. in Political Science from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. Since 1970, Dr. Stouffer has made Texas State his home. In that time, he has served the University in many ways such as serving as Interim Chair of the Health Administration Department. As for the Political Science Department, he created an umbrella course for Minority and Women’s Politics as well as served as Chair of the department from 1985-1988 among other memberships. Dr. Stouffer teaches Junior level and Graduate courses with his specialty being State and Local Politics, Politics of the Working Class, Tax Policy, as well as Institutions for Mobilizing the Middle. In his community, he has served on the Texas Coalition for Tax Reform, Lt. Governors Ad Hoc Tax Reform Group, San Marcos Charter Review Commissions and is a member of the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Committee which he chaired from 1987-1989.
POSI 2310 (GOVT 2301) Principles of American Government
A survey of the principles of political science, of the American system of government, and of the origins and development of the constitutions of the United States and Texas.
POSI 3314 State and Local Government
A study of the organization, functions, and powers of state, county, and municipal government in the United States with particular reference to patterns of such governments in Texas.
POSI 4337 Topics in American and State Politics
This course will address specific issues, ideas, political cultures, and/or institutions that are prevalent in American and state politics.
4337B The Politics of the American Working Class.
POSI 4399 Senior Seminar in Political Science
Seminar devoted to intensive reading, research, writing, and discussion focusing on different sub-fields in the discipline taught by appropriate faculty. Students in consultation with faculty in their area of interest should select a particular sub-field seminar in accordance with their needs and professional objectives.
POSI 5327 Topics in State and Local Government
An in-depth analysis of topics and issues in state or local governments including examination of the relationship of these governments to one another.
POSI 5327A Texas Politics and Administration
The course examines both the theory and practice of Texas politics and administration. The focus is on how policy is formulated and implemented by the governor, the legislature, and the state bureaucracy. It also examines how that policy is influenced by external factors such as political and interest groups.
POSI 5340 Problems in American Public Policy
Problems arising in the areas of political decision-making, executive-legislative relationships, functions of government, and regulatory activities of the government.