Dr Thomas A Birkland

Title: Professor

Email: tabirkla@ncsu.edu

Phone: 919-513-1834

Office: 2526 Hillsborough Street 102

Website: http://go.ncsu.edu/birkland

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I am a native of Seattle, and lived there until I was nine, whereupon my family moved to Anchorage, Alaska. I graduated from Robert Service High School in Anchorage, then attended the University of Oregon, earning my B.A. (cum laude) in political science.By good luck and excellent mentoring by the late Jim Klonoski at the University of Oregon, I was able to attend Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics, where I earned my M.A. in political science, focusing on public policy. I then worked for state government in New Jersey, including a one-year stint in the office of Governor Thomas Kean--a fascinating experience for anyone interested in policy making. The other four years included two tours of duty at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, where I worked with some of the finest public managers I've ever known.

After five years of state employment, I applied to and was accepted to the University of Washington, where I spent five years under the mentorship of Dr. Peter May. My dissertation became my book, After Disaster. My examination fields were public policy, American politics, and public law.

I joined the faculty of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY, in 1995. From 2001-2005 as director of the Center for Policy Research. I spent 2006 on leave from the university at the National Science Foundation in suburban Washington, DC. I was the program director for the Infrastructure Management and Hazard Response Program.

In 2007 I joined the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State, attracted by the infectious energy and enthusiasm of the people at NC State and in the Research Triangle. In my current role as Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, I see this energy and enthusiasm in our college every day.