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William Harder

Adjunct Instructor Department of Government

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  • Research Lab Manager, Center for Teaching, Research & Learning
William L. Harder is a doctoral candidate in Political Science and Public Administration at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. His dissertation, “The Administrative Governor and Party Strength,” examines the relationship between a governor’s decision to utilize administrative policymaking strategies and the nature of a state’s political party system. More broadly his research focuses on comparative executive leadership, the administrative presidency, bureaucratic politics, and political parties. He received the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group Fellowship as well as several other awards for his research and teaching. His research has appeared in law reviews and edited volumes. He is an adjunct instructor at American University where he teaches courses on the presidency, presidential elections, and public policy. Prior to his time at American University, he worked for the American Political Science Association, the World Wildlife Fund, and Resources for the Future.


PhD, Political Science and Public Administration, American University (expected 2017)
MA, Government, American University
BA, Political Science and Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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  • Summer 2017