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Craig Volden

Professor
Associate Dean
Director
Unit: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Office location and address
235 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., Political Economics, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, 1996
B.A., Political Science, with honors, Stanford University, 1992
Biography

Craig Volden is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of public policy and politics, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. He studies legislative politics and the interaction among political institutions, including within American federalism. 

Before joining the Batten School, Professor Volden taught at the Ohio State University, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers (winner of the 2015 Fenno Prize and the 2015 Gladys M. Kammerer Award), co-authored with Alan Wiseman, explores the effectiveness of individual members of Congress in overcoming policy gridlock. His most prominent work on issues of federalism focuses on why some policies diffuse across states and localities while others do not. He has published numerous articles in such journals as: American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Politics; Legislative Studies Quarterly; Public Administration Review; Journal of Public Policy; and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

His current projects include studies of innovation and policy diffusion across states and localities, and an analysis of the legislative effectiveness of individual members of Congress. He is Co-director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking (thelawmakers.org). 

Hewlett Grant Renewal for CEL
Source: The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
July 01, 2020 – July 01, 2023
CEL Democracy Fund renewal
Source: Democracy Fund Inc
October 01, 2020 – September 30, 2022
BA - Center for Effective Lawmaking Project
Source: The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
July 01, 2017 – October 01, 2020
CEL Democracy Fund
Source: Democracy Fund Inc
May 01, 2018 – April 30, 2020
BA- The Legislative Effectiveness Project
Source: The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
February 01, 2016 – June 30, 2017
BA-Paper Authors for the US Studies Centre Public Sector Leadership project for the New South Wales Government
Source: The University of Sydney
May 01, 2013 – April 30, 2014
PPOL 3200: Introduction to Public Policy
Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to both the process of public policy and the tools of policy analysis. The first part examines the actors, institutions, and procedures involved in the adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. The second part introduces students to the basic concepts and tools of policy analysis including problem definition, specification of alternatives, and solution analysis.
LPPP 3200: Introduction to Public Policy
Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to both the process of public policy and the tools of policy analysis. The first part examines the actors, institutions, and procedures involved in the adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. The second part introduces students to the basic concepts and tools of policy analysis including problem definition, specification of alternatives, and solution analysis.
PPOL 6500: Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
PPOL 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.