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Whitman Cobb
Cameron University
space policy, cancer policy, science and technology policy, Congress, presidency, political institutions, public policy
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About Me

I received my BA in political science (summa cum laude, university honors) and my MA in political science from the University of Central Florida where I began researching space policy.  This led me to focus my studies on bureaucratic politics, public policy, Congress, and the presidency which all impact greatly the contours of space policy.  I received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida where my dissertation brought together all of these actors to examine who is more influential in the policymaking process and at what time.  This work was published in Unbroken Government (2013).

Currently, I am an assistant professor of political science at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma.  I have continued to work on issues related to space including public opinion.  Inspired by my father’s battle with cancer, I began a project looking at how we make cancer policy in the United States.  This has led to my most recent book The Politics of Cancer:  Malignant Indifference (2017).  This research is an institutional analysis that highlights the politics of battling cancer in the United States.  I argue that it is difficult for the US to create a comprehensive policy to treat and eventually eliminate cancer because many of the connections between things like regulations and cancer are often ignored or eclipsed by other political priorities.

In general, I like to study the politics of the everyday.  This entails highlighting and researching the hidden politics of issues we don’t normally connect with politics and government.  As such, I focus not only on public policy but also on political institutions like the presidency, Congress, and bureaucracy.

Recent Publications

The Politics of Cancer: Malignant Indifference. 2017. Denver: Praeger.

“Trending Now: Using Big Data to Measure Public Opinion on Space Policy.” 2015. Space Policy, 32: 11-16.

“Turning the Classroom Upside Down: Experimenting with the Flipped Classroom in American Government.” 2016.  Journal of Political Science Education 12 (1):  1-14.

Unbroken Government: Success and the Illusion of Failure in Policymaking. 2013. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(with Richard Conley) “Presidential Vision or Congressional Derision? Explaining Budgeting Outcomes for NASA, 1958-2008.” 2012. Congress and the Presidency, 39 (1): 51-73

“Who Supports Space Activities? An Issue Public for Space Policy.” 2012. Space Policy, 27 (4): 234-239.

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