Assistant Professor in Political Science
219 Dale Hall Tower
Dr. Carlson's research agenda explores the operations of public policies and analyzes their effects on political, social, and economic outcomes of interest. He is currently working on several projects, including analyses of:
-The effects of Section 8 housing voucher receipt on a wide range of outcomes;
-Neighborhood contributions to student academic outcomes;
-The Milwaukee Parental Choice (private school voucher) program;
-The prospects for integrating the Common Core State Standards with existing accountability systems;
-The operations and effects of interdistrict open enrollment programs;
-Bilingual-bicultural education policies; and
-The use of Twitter with respect to severe weather events.
Dr. Carlson teaches a wide range of courses in the area of public policy. Specific courses he has taught at the undergraduate level include Making Public Policy and Current Issues in Budget and Tax Policy. Within the MPA program he has taught Policy Analysis and the capstone course, which requires the design and execution of a high-quality research project.
PSC 2223 - Fall 2012 Syllabus
P SC 4220 - 5153 - Spring 2013 Syllabus
P SC 5143 - Fall 2012 Syllabus
PSC 5950 - Spring 2013 Syllabus