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Samuel Workman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: 304D Dale Hall Tower | 5 Partners Place


Phone: 405-325-5297


Research Fields: Regulatory Politics & Policy, Bureaucracy, American Politics, Public Policy, Agenda Setting, Research Methods

Favorite Courses: Regulatory Policy, Bureaucracy, Agenda Setting, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, and Data Visualization

B.S., West Virginia Unversity, IT
M.A., West Virginia University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington

Dr. Workman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a research faculty member at the Center for Risk and Crisis Management and a fellow of the Center for Intelligence and National Security. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas and Associate Director of the U.S. Comparative Agendas Project, where he remains a faculty affiliate. His research and teaching interests lie in the fields of American politics, public policy, and research methodology. More specifically, Professor Workman studies bureaucracy and regulatory politics and policy.

Professor Workman is interested in how information is generated in the policymaking system, and how policymaking institutions process information, leading to various degrees of system adaptability. Professor Workman's (2015) book, The Dynamics of Bureaucracy in the U.S. Government: How Congress and Federal Agencies Process Information and Solve Problems (Cambridge University Press) focuses on the regulatory process as generating information that shapes governmental problem solving. His work has also appeared in the Policy Studies Journal and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Dr. Workman's current research projects examine the how policy analysis in congressional bureaucracies shape both regulatory agendas and the types of information bureaucracies generate. He is also examining food security as a boundary-spanning policy problem encompassing both domestic and national security considerations. Dr. Workman is currently working on collaborative projects examining the dimensionality of public policy in western democracies and how science is used in regulatory policymaking. Professor Workman teaches courses on the bureaucracy, regulatory politics, public policy, agenda setting, and quantitative research methods.