Assistant Professor of Political Science

Mark Richardson received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, with specializations in American politics and political methodology. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Prior to beginning graduate study, he worked as a bank examiner for both the Federal Reserve System and the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. He also worked as Graduate Intern Analyst on the Financial Markets and Community Investment Team at the United States Government Accountability Office.

Dr. Richardson’s research interests include executive branch politics, regulatory politics, and public management. His current research examines the effects of the politicization of federal agencies on civil servants’ career decisions, analyzes presidents’ appointment strategies, and develops a formal model of the politics of agency design.

For more on Dr. Richardson's work, visit:

OFFICE: 2183 Miller Hall
PHONE: (540) 568-7332
FAX: (540) 568-8021

Department of Political Science
James Madison University
91 E Grace St., MSC 7705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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