James A.  White

205 West Broadway

Athens, West Virginia 24712

(304) 384-4117





Professor, Political Science




My teaching and research experience is complemented and enhanced by fifteen years of administrative experience in the public and non-profit sectors at the federal, state, and local level in both the executive and legislative branches of government.  I have particular expertise in the areas of welfare policy and voting behavior, and I am academically and professionally well-prepared to teach any area of American government.




American University, Washington, DC

Ph.D, American Government, Minor: Public Administration, 1998

GPA: 3.9. Dean's Scholar, Doctoral Fellow.


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Masters, Public Affairs, Minor: Educational Administration, 1988

GPA: 3.9. Presidential Management Intern nominee, Member Pi Alpha Alpha.


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

B.A., Political Science, 1983

GPA: 3.7. Summa Cum Laude, Dean's List and Academic Honors, Member Pi Sigma Alpha.




Rider College, Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Public Administration, 1985


University of Exeter, Exeter, England

Politics, 1982




·      Assistant Secretary's Citation, 1991 - 1992

·      Presidential Management Intern, 1989 - 1991




"Election Day Registration and Turnout Inequality," Political Behavior.  March 2000.  Stephen Knack, co-author.


"Did States' Motor Voter Programs Help the Democrats?" American Politics Quarterly.  July 1998.  Stephen Knack, co-author.


”America’s Future Depends on Collective Change,” Charleston Gazette.  September 5, 2005.


”Race Has Been Oversimplified,” Charleston Gazette.  October 6, 2004.  George Towers, co-author.


”The Blushing Battleground State of West Virginia: Is the Country’s Bluest State Turning Red?”  presented to the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Political Science Association.   October 2005.


”The History of Anti-Poverty Programs,” presented to the West Virginia Social Work Education Consortium.  April 2004.


”Issues in Social Welfare Privatization,” presented to the West Virginia Social Work Education Consortium.  February 2003.


”The Florida Presidential Election Debacle:  It Could Have Happened Here,” presented to the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Council for the Social Studies and the Conference of Appalachian Geography and Geography Education.  March 2002.


”Leadership,” presented to the Region IV Social Services Conference.  June 2001.


Chair, Public Administration Roundtable, West Virginia Political Science Association Annual Meeting.  2000.




Concord University, Athens, West Virginia

Associate/Assistant Professor of Political Science, 1998 - Present

Teach all courses related to American governing and linkage institutions, including public administration.


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Visiting Lecturer, 1997 - 1998

Taught introductory undergraduate course in American Government and introductory graduate course in public administration.


American University, Washington, DC

Research/Teaching Assistant, 1994 - 1997

Assisted graduate students with coursework, including instruction in the use of statistical packages; also, general research and data analysis related to voting behavior.


United States Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Child Care Specialist/Project Officer/Acting Branch Chief, 1991 - 1994

Created and revised federal child care program regulations and reporting requirements; monitored state and tribal program implementation; oversaw the provision of child care technical assistance through primary responsibility for a $4 million technical assistance contract; and supervised eight professional staff and a clerical assistant.


United States Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Presidential Management Intern, 1989 - 1991

Participated in Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program policy formulation and dissemination; developed the Congressionally-mandated "Study of the Application of JOBS Programs to Indians"; provided social policy legislative analysis for United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; and participated in the definition and analysis of Departmental budgetary priorities for discretionary programs to assist children and families.


Duke University Employment Office, Durham, North Carolina

Personnel Specialist, 1988 - 1989

Administered the hiring of skilled clerical personnel and oversaw compliance with the University's affirmative action plan.


Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, Durham, North Carolina

Director, Private Sector Initiatives Program, 1985 - 1988

Directed private sector participation in federal Job Training Partnership Act programs, including the development of employment and training programs for low-income adults and youths.


Governor Thomas Kean, Trenton, New Jersey

Aide to the Governor, 1984 - 1985

Answered constituent queries, conducted legislative research, and coordinated town meetings.




Monmouth County JINS Shelter, Allenwood, New Jersey

Child Care Worker, 1983 - 1984


MASSPIRG, Boston, Massachusetts

Canvasser/Campus Organizer, 1983 - 1983




Academic advisor to campus political organizations; pre-law advisor; Faculty Athletic Representative, National Collegiate Athletic Association; Chair, Faculty Budget Committee; liaison to Washington Center internship programs; member, Faculty Senate; member, Administrative Policies and Procedures Committee; member, College Center Improvement Committee; United Way volunteer; and participant on several faculty search committees.