Daniel P. Hawes
Ph.D. Texas A&M University, 2008
Daniel Hawes earned his Ph.D. in political science from Texas A&M University in August of 2008. Dr. Hawes has an active research agenda focusing on the interaction between political and bureaucratic institutions that spans public administration, public policy, and political science. His research agenda centers on studying the role public management plays in influencing public policy outcomes and the extent to which elected institutions and environmental factors moderate this relationship. Additionally, he is interested in the organizational, contextual and political variables that act as constraints and catalysts for political influence of public policy outcomes.
Dr. Hawes also has substantive interests in education and higher education policy, immigration policy, and issues of diversity and minority representation. Professor Hawes’ work has examined competing explanations of equity in education, health and criminal justice policy outcomes, particularly focusing on the role of social capital diversity in the American states. For this project, Hawes and his coauthors created a unique multiyear, state-level panel dataset that allows them to examine several competing hypotheses regarding the determinants of policy inequities.
Dr. Hawes and his colleagues are also involved in several projects that focus on immigration policy. A key question addressed in this work is whether state polices across a variety of policies (e.g., welfare, education, immigration enforcement, criminal justice) influence immigration patterns among legal and illegal immigrants.
His work also examines the intersection between immigration and education policy. This work specifically examines what affect undocumented students have on education performance. While there is substantial anecdotal and rhetorical evidence illegal immigrants have a deleterious effect on public policy outcomes and society in general, Hawes and Hill’s work finds that there is little empirical evidence in support of this conclusion.
Dr. Hawes has taught courses in research methods, public administration and public policy at the undergraduate level. He also teaches graduate courses in research methods and public policy at Kent State University.