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Mark K. McBeth

Director of the MPA Program | Professor of Political Science

Office: Graveley Hall 304, North Wing, 3rd floor

(208) 282-2740


D.A. Idaho State University, 1992

Dr. Mark K. McBeth has been on faculty in the Department of Political Science since January, 1995. His research focuses on the Narrative Policy Framework, environmental policy, public administration, and pedagogy.

An edited book on the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), Narratives and Policy Processes: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis (co-edited with Michael D. Jones and Elizabeth A. Shanahan) is being published in summer 2022 as an open access book from Montana State University Press. He is a co-author  on the NPF chapter in the fifth edition of Sabatier and Weible's Theories of the Policy Process appearing in 2022. He is also a co-author on a NPF chapter in Methods of the Policy Process published in 2022. His most recent research has appeared in Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Journal, World Affairs, Policy & Politics, Journal of Borderland Studies, Journal of Political Science Education, PS: Political Science and Politics, Teaching Public Administration, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education

In his post-doctoral career, Mark has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on twenty-three grants and contracts. Mark is also a co-author (with Randy S. Clemons) of Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis (4th edition, Routledge, 2020), a book that has been on the textbook market since July, 2000 and is now in its fourth edition.

In 2020, he was recognized as a “Distinguished Researcher” at ISU. In 2011 and 2015, he was recognized as an "Outstanding Researcher" at ISU. In 2005, he was recognized as a "Distinguished Teacher" at ISU and was recognized as a “Master Teacher” in 2001.

 Courses Recently Taught

  • Public Organizational Theory
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Personnel Management
  • College Teaching Seminar
  • Introduction to Politics and Critical Thinking

For more information, on Dr. McBeth’s publications go to his:

Google Scholar page, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lKRic-kAAAAJ&hl=en


ResearchGate page, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark-Mcbeth