Richard N. Engstrom studies American Government and Politics, with a focus on the links between public opinion and policy outcomes at the state and local level.  He has published on questions related to electoral redistricting, primary elections, ballot initiatives, and the use of administrative data to answer research questions.  In addition to his academic work, he has been involved in numerous applied policy projects, working with state and local agencies in Texas, Wyoming, Georgia, Hawaii, Arkansas, Arizona and Maryland.  Recent applied work includes projects on gun crime reduction, citizen noncompliance with auto insurance laws, sexual violence, and citizen awareness of the services provided by government agencies.  He is currently working on a project studying how and why citizens choose to engage in public service careers.

Dr. Engstrom is also the Deputy Director of the Southern Political Science Association.

Areas of Interest

  • State and Local Government, Elections, Public Opinion, Public Policy

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Political Science, Rice University
  • Degree Type
    MA
    Degree Details
    Political Science, Louisiana State University
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT461 Local Politics and Government Spring 2023 Syllabus
GVPT461 Local Politics and Government Spring 2022 Syllabus
GVPT601 Research Design for Political Analytics Fall 2022 Syllabus
GVPT601 Research Design for Political Analytics Spring 2022 Syllabus
GVPT419P Seminar in Public Policy; Applied Policy Research Fall 2022 Syllabus
GVPT461 Local Politics and Government Spring 2019 Syllabus
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1127C Tydings Hall
Department of Government and Politics
Email
rengstro [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30; and by appointment