Last update: 1-09
of Natural and Social Sciences
of Political Science
J. Theodore Anagnoson
Chair of the Academic Senate, 2002-2004
CSULA President's Distinguished Professor, 2004-2005
Member of the Faculty Early Retirement Program, 2007-2012
Office: E&T A514
Phone: (323) 343-2245
FAX: (323) 343-6452
I taught at Cal State LA full-time from 1983 through 2006.
Since 2006 I have taught one quarter per year on the early retirement
program. I also taught a semester at the University of Waikato
Zealand) in 1988, and I spent the 1995-1997 period at the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, where I was a health policy
analyst and Acting Director of the
Health Financing Policy Division, Office of Health Policy, Office of
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Washington, D.C.
I have also taught
at the University of Rochester, where I got my PhD, Alfred University
(1972-1974), the University of California at Santa Barbara (1975-1983),
and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (1981) as
a Fulbright lecturer.
In 1974-75, I was a Brookings Institution research
fellow while working on my dissertation, Political Influence in
the Distribution of Federal Grants: A Study of the Implementation
of Public Policy.
I have had 20 grants over the course of my
including four from the National Science Foundation. I have
also written some 30+ articles and book chapters, as well as several
versions of StataQuest 4, the StataQuest 4 Text Companion
, and the recently published Governing California in the 21st Century
2007, 2nd edition in 2009).
I was chair of the Department from 1986 to 1993 and
Here are some interesting links:
I have two children. One graduated from the Harvard University
Divinity School with a Masters in Theology degree in June, 1999 and is
a freelance editor of K-12 math and science books. The other received
his BA in psychology in June, 1998 and works in the computer industry.
My wife recently completed her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and
Depth Psychology at the Pacifica
Graduate Institute , Summerland, California.
- If you are wondering about the origin of all those trends
and "baselines" for health programs and the federal budget that
I show in class from time to time, check out the Congressional Budget Office web
- While I was in Washington, I did a lot of work to stimulate
interest in my office's web site -- the Office of Health Policy, Office of
the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services . Some of the studies produced while I
was there, as well as
two for which I was a project officer, are now up and available.
- The CSU Social Science Data
Base Archive is open to all CSLA students, faculty and staff and
contains data and analyses from the Inter-University Consortium for
Political and Social Research, the Roper Center for Public Opinion
the Field Institute of California -- you can obtain datasets and
analyses and order data we don't have.
- The CSU Social Science
Teaching Resource Depository is an effort of CSU faculty from
across the system to produce data sets interesting to analyze in a
- The Field
Institute Faculty Fellowship, Field Institute California Poll question
credits, the Penny Crane Field Institute Student Internship Program
. These are CSU programs under which you can have your
own questions asked in a Field Poll of Californians or work for
the Field Institute in San Francisco. If you have ideas, you
should consider applying.
- You can look at an almost 50 year time series on various
questions asked every two years in the American National Election
through the NES Guide to
Public Opinion at the Institute for Social Research at the
University of Michigan.
- One of the best sites by far for health policy and Social
Security information is the Urban
Institute in Washington, D.C.
- Excellent introductions to Medicare and Medicaid, plus
current research, are available at the Kaiser
Family Foundation Health Policy site.
I have taught the following in recent years:
I have also taught POLS 400 (Congress and the Presidency), 479
(Computers in the Public Sector), 481 (Managerial Computing in the
Public Sector), and 580 (Advanced Quantitative Methods in Public
- POLS 150 - American and California Politics
- POLS 200 - California Politics and Government
- POLS 330 - Politics of Aging (social science course in the
aging upper division theme)
- POLS 403 - State and Local Government
- POLS 490 - Special Topics: California Public Policy
- POLS 498 - Senior Seminar: California Politics and
Government Reform - Is California Ungovernable?
- POLS 579 - Public Sector Information Management and
- POLS 583 - Seminar - Health Policy and Politics
- POLS 587 - Seminar - Aging Policy and Politics
I place a lot of emphasis on giving students the tools needed,
particularly computer-based tools, to do research and function in
Most of the research I have done has focused on
Here are some recent pieces that are up on the web:
- political influence in the distribution of federal
- legislators and their constituencies, and
- the politics of health policy.
Politics in the 1990s After the Health Security Act: Can
the Gaps Be Filled?" Presented at the 1998 annual
meetings of the American Political Science Association, Boston,
Workshop on "
Trends in the Availability and Analysis of Social Science Data
for Teaching and Research ." Presented at Cal State LA on October
14, 1998 in the Faculty Instructional Technology Lab.
Microsimulations of Public Policy ," a book chapter for The
Handbook of Public Information Systems, completed December, 1998.
A Comparative Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Measures
of Undergraduate Political Science Students' Learning Outcomes ,"
with Edward S. Malecki, presented at the annual meetings of
the American Political Science Association, September 2-5, 1999,
Informal Handbook for Part-Time Faculty," Department of Political
Science, California State University, Los Angeles (September,
Opinion and Medicare" (.pdf) presented at the annual
meetings of the American Political Science Association, August
29-September 1, 2002, Boston, Massachusetts. Note that this is a
Crisis in Higher Education Funding: State Budgetary Health
and Spending on Higher Education." Presented at the annual meetings
of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, 2005. Co-authored
with Prof. J. Emrey.
Research Count: Under What Conditions Will Decisionmakers Listen
To What You Have To Say?"
Keynote address to the all-CSU Student Research Conference, CSU
Hills, May, 2007.
Fall 2009 Schedule
||Day & Time
|The Politics of Aging - a survey of political issues
related to senior citizens, including voting and political
participation, pensions and retirement, Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid/Medi-Cal, and Long-Term Care.
Both courses will use a large number of documents from various web
|Probably Wednesdays 6-10 p.m.
|Seminar: the Politics of Aging. This quarter the
seminar will focus on Social Security and Medicare reform efforts and
Both courses will use a large number of documents from various web
|Probably Tuesdays 6-10
|Tentatively Tuesdays 5-6, Wednesdays
8-9 a.m., Wednesdays 5-6 p.m., Thursdays 8-9 a.m.
All office hours are by appointment only - make appointments by
emailing me at email@example.com.
||During the quarters I am not on duty, I am generally
not on campus very much but can be reached by eamil.
|Prof. Anagnoson may be contacted through Email at
None at this time.