Thomas R. Dye is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He was formerly McKenzie Professor of Government. He received his B.S. and M.A degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy, including The Irony of Democracy, now in its 15th edition; Politics in States and Communities, and Understanding Public Policy, both now in their 15th editions; Who’s Running America?, now in its 8th edition, "The Obama Reign"; Politics in Florida; American Politics in the Media Age; Power and Society; American Federalism; Top Down Policymaking, and Politics, Economics and the Public. His popular textbook, Politics in America is now in its 11th edition. His research interests center on the role of big campaign contributors, foundations and think tanks, interest groups, and the media in policy formation in Washington.

His books have been translated into many languages, including Russian and Chinese, and published abroad. He has served as President of the Southern Political Science Association, President of the Policy Studies Organization, and Secretary of the American Political Science Association. He is the recipient of the Harold Lassell Award for career of contributions to the study of public policy, and the Donald C. Stone Award for career contributions to the study of federalism. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 from Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts, and the Outstanding Political Science Graduate in 2006. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia, and served as visiting scholar at Bar-Elan University, Israel, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, and elsewhere. He is listed in most major biographical directories including Marquis Who’s Who in America.


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