Professor of Political Science
232 Cate Center 4
B.A., University of Florida
M.A., University of Florida
M.A., University of California-Riverside
Ph.D., University of California-Riverside
Research Fields: Comparative Public Policy and Policy Theory
Favorite Courses to Teach: Social Movements, U.S. Urban Politics, and Comparative Public Policy Classes
Professor Givel's areas of research specialization include: public policy process theory, health policy, complexity theory, Himalayan area policy studies, and well-being policy. His areas of teaching specialization include: health policy, well being policy, U.S. urban politics, and social movements.
Regarding policy process theory, in recent years, Professor Givel has published four ground-breaking peer-reviewed articles in Policy Studies Journal and Review of Policy Research, documenting why U.S. state (and not federal) tobacco policies were not fully punctuated:
"Punctuated Equilibrium in Limbo: The Tobacco Lobby and U.S. State Policymaking from 1990 to 2003"
"The Evolution of the Theoretical Foundations of Punctuated Equilibrium Theory in Public Policy" (abstract)
"Assessing Material and Symbolic Variations in Punctuated Equilibrium and Public Policy Output Patterns" (abstract)
"Failure to Change through Multiple Policy Instruments and Venues the Tobacco Industry Policy Subsystem in the States from 1990 to 2003" (abstract)
His new research also examines whether federal tobacco policy also was punctuated.
Current Research: Professor Givel has written several policy process articles on complexity theory and policy including the recent: Givel, Michael, 2015. "'What's the Big Deal?': Complexity Versus Traditional U.S. Policy Approaches", Geyer, R. and Cairney, P., eds., Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar.
Additionally, Professor Givel has published several comparative policy studies on Bhutanese happiness policy. In Spring 2017, he will teach a new undergraduate class for the University of Oklahoma, College of International Studies entitled: World Happiness. All of his comparative policy research and teaching occurred due to Professor Givel being the first American Fulbright in Bhutan in 2009.