Ted Anagnoson

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Political Science
No office on campus


I have been retired 10 years as of early 2017. I taught at Cal State LA full-time from 1983 through 2006. From 2006 to 2010 I taught one quarter per year on the early retirement program. I also taught part time at the University of California, Santa Barbara, after I retired.  In retirement, I have been active in the local lifelong learning program, Vistas Lifelong Learning, and in 2016-17 I am the president. I also edit the newsletter of the CSU Emeriti and Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA). 

Earlier in my career, I taught a semester at the University of Waikato (Hamilton, New 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 the 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 career, 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 (Norton, 2007, 2nd edition in 2009).   

I was chair of the Department from 1986 to 1993 and 2000-2001. 


I taught the following in recent years:  

  • 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 Computing
  • POLS 583 - Seminar - Health Policy and Politics
  • POLS 587 - Seminar - Aging Policy and Politics

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 Administration).  


Most of the research I have done has focused on 

  • political influence in the distribution of federal grants, 
  • legislators and their constituencies, and 
  • the politics of health policy. 

Here are some recent pieces that are up on the web: 

"Health 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, September 2-6. 

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, Atlanta, Georgia. 

" An Informal Handbook for Part-Time Faculty," Department of Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles (September, 1999). 

"Public 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 PDF file.  

"The 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.  

"Making Research Count: Under What Conditions Will Decisionmakers Listen To What You Have To Say?" Keynote address to the all-CSU Student Research Conference, CSU Dominguez Hills, May, 2007.