Scott Robinson

Henry Bellmon Chair of Public Service
Professor of Political Science

Curriculum Vitae 

B.A. (summa cum laude), University of Texas at Dallas (1997)
Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2001)

Research Fields: Disaster Politics, Public and Nonprofit Management, Policy Process Theory
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As the Henry Bellmon Chair of Public Service, Professor Robinson's research and teaching focuses on the management of public service organizations as they cope with various forms of disasters or extreme events. He teaches class on grant writing and project management for charities, disaster politics, and more general courses on managing public service organizations. His research has focused on disaster planning and response. In particular, he has recently completed a National Science Foundation research project on the managing mass evacuations and integrating charities into evacuation support. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disaster and the Journal of Emergency Management as well as the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. His current projects include better models for vulnerability to tornados and public trust in government organizations – especially those that seek to provide advice on public safety issues.


Course Syllabi


Robinson, Scott E. Carla Flink, and Chad King. 2014. “Organizational History and Punctuated Equilibrium.” Forthcoming at the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Eller, Warren, Brian Gerber, and Scott E. Robinson. 2013. Public Administration Research Methods: Tools for Evaluation and Evidence-based Public Management. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.

Robinson, Scott E., Warren Eller, Melanie Gall, and Brian Gerber. 2013. “The Core and Periphery of Emergency Management Networks.” Public Management Review. 15(3) 344-362.

Robinson, Scott E., Xinsheng Liu, James W. Stoutenborough, Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. “Explaining Public Support for the Department of Homeland Security.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 23 (3): 713-733.

Robinson, Scott E, Kenneth J. Meier, Laurence O’Toole, and Floun’say Caver. 2007. “Predicting Budgetary Punctuations: A Multivariate Test of Punctuated Equilibrium Models.” American Journal of Political Science. 51(1): 140-150.

Robinson, Scott E. 2006. “A Decade of Treating Networks Seriously.” Policy Studies Journal. 34(4): 589-598.