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Dr. James W. Stoutenborough

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office: 302 Graveley Hall
Email: stoujame@isu.edu
Phone: (208) 282-2740
Fax: (208) 282-4833



Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2014

Faculty Biography

Dr. James Stoutenborough

Dr. James W. Stoutenborough joined the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University in May, 2014, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Dr. Stoutenborough is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Dr. Stoutenborough's research and teaching interests included public policy, U.S. state politics, public opinion, and political psychology with a substantive interest in science and technology issues like climate change and renewable energy. His research can be found in both the institutional and behavioral paradigms, which he believes need to be better integrated.

From an institutional perspective, Dr. Stoutenborough examines why institutions (normally, U.S. states) reach particular policy decisions. This is typically achieved using the theory of policy diffusion. Through this research, Dr. Stoutenborough has identified two new approaches to policy diffusion (organizational diffusion with Dr. Kellee J. Kirkpatrick and a hybrid model of diffusion), both of which are currently under peer-review.

Within the behavioral paradigm, he is currently researching individual-level behavior as it pertains to political attitude formation, problem identification, agenda setting, and policy adoption. Specifically, his research examines how risk perceptions, knowledge, trust, and various attitudes influence aspects of the policy process.

Dr. Stoutenborough believes that once social scientists understand the motivations behind individual behavior, they can begin to better understand how institutional forces influence the policy process. For example, he is currently working on a project with Dr. Douglas Oxley that identifies the causal reasoning used by individuals during the policy diffusion process. This understanding of individual behavior better allows policy scholars to understand how individuals process new information and reach policy decisions. With this knowledge, policy scholars can examine how institutional differences influence this information processing.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

1. The Influence of Specific Risk Perceptions on Public Policy Support: An Examination of Energy Policy (with Arnold Vedlitz, and Xinsheng Liu). The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science In Press (2015).

2. Public Support for Climate Change Policy: Consistency in the Influence of Values and Attitudes over Time and Across Distinct Policy Alternatives (with Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, and Arnold Vedlitz). Review of Policy Research In Press (2014).

3. Trends in Public Attitudes Toward Climate Change: The Influence of the Economy and Climategate on Risk, Information, and Public Policy (with Xinsheng Liu, and Arnold Vedlitz). Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 5(1): 22-37 (2014).

4. Climate Scientists and Environmental Interest Groups: The Intersection of Expertise and Advocacy (with Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, Kellee J. Kirkpatrick, and Arnold Vedlitz). Politics, Groups, and Identities 2(1): 120-134 ( 2014).

5. The Effect of Perceived and Assessed Knowledge of Climate Change on Public Policy Concerns: An Empirical Comparison (with Arnold Vedlitz). Environmental Science & Policy 37(March): 23-33(2014).

6. Public Attitudes toward Water Management and Drought in the United States (with Arnold Vedlitz). Water Resources Management 28(3): 697-714 (2014).

7. Public Attitudes toward Water Management and Drought in Texas (with Arnold Vedlitz). Texas Water Journal 4(2): 47-61 (2013).

8. Psychometric and Demographic Predictors of the Perceived Risk of Terrorism Threats and the Willingness-to-Pay for Risk Management Programs (with Jeryl L.Mumpower, Liu Shi, and Arnold Vedlitz). Risk Analysis 33(10): 1802-1811 (2013).

9. Knowledge, Risk, and Policy Support: Public Perceptions of Nuclear Power (with Shelbi G. Sturgess, and Arnold Vedlitz). Energy Policy 62(11): 176-184 (2013).

10. Citizens, Nonprofits and Climate Change Policy (with Angela Bies, Deanna Green Lee, Charles Lindsey, and Arnold Vedlitz. Nonprofit Policy Forum 4(1): 5-28 (2013).

11. Explaining Popular Trust in the Department of Homeland Security (with Scott E. Robinson, Xinsheng Liu, and Arnold Vedlitz). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 23(3): 713-733 (2013).

12. Geographic Proximity in the Diffusion of Concealed Weapons Permit Laws (with Justin A. Tucker, R. Matthew Beverlin). Politics & Policy 40(6): 1081-1105 (2012).

13. Encouraging Pollution-Free Energy: The Diffusion of State Net Metering Policies (with Matthew Beverlin). Social Science Quarterly 89(5): 1230-1251 (2008).

14. Public Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court: A New Look at the Impact of Court Decisions (with Donald P. Haider-Markel). Social Science Journal 45(1): 28-47 (2008).

15. Reassessing the Impact of Supreme Court Decisions on Public Opinion: Gay Civil Rights Cases (with Donald P. Haider-Markel, and Mahalley D. Allen). Political Research Quarterly 59(3): 419-433 (2006).


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