Daniel P. Hawes

Daniel P. Hawes

Political Science
MPA Coordinator and Associate Professor
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Daniel Hawes’ research interests deal with questions related to public policy and public administration, broadly, and substantively focus on education and immigration policy. His research incorporates aspects of public administration, public management, and state and local politics in examining questions of public policy and policy performance. A central theme in his research is a focus on the determinants of public policy outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged groups. A fundamental question that his work has sought to address is: How can government – via policy, structure, bureaucracy or management – better address the inequities we observe in policy outcomes for disadvantaged groups? In doing so, his work has explicitly examined the role of public management, organizational structure, political representation, organizational and external environments on shaping policy outcomes. He has approached this broad question through different theoretical lens – e.g., social capital, representative bureaucracy, rational choice, public management – and in different substantive contexts – e.g. K-12 education, higher education, immigration.

Dr. Hawes’ publications have appeared in a political science and public policy/administration journals including, Public Administration Review, J-PART, Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, State and Local Government Review and the American Review of Public Administration.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Recent Publications

  • Johansen, Morgen, and Daniel P. Hawes. Forthcoming. “The Effect Of The Tasks Middle Managers Perform On Organizational Performance.” Public Administration Quarterly.
  • Rocha, Rene, Daniel P. Hawes, Alisa Hicklin Fryar, and Robert Wrinkle. 2014. "Policy Climates, Enforcement Rates, and Migrant Behavior: Is Self-Deportation a Viable Immigration Policy?" Policy Studies Journal. 42(1): 79-100.
  • Hawes, Daniel P., Rene R. Rocha and Kenneth J. Meier. 2013. “Social Capital in the Fifty States: Measuring State-Level Social Capital 1986-2004” State Politics and Policy Quarterly. 13: 121-138.
  • Hawes, Daniel P. 2013. “Representation, Salience, and Responsiveness to Latino Student Performance.” Journal of Latinos and Education. 12: 87-107.
  • Moynihan, Donald and Daniel P. Hawes. 2012. “Responsiveness to Reform Values: The Influence of the Environment on Performance Information Use.” Public Administration Review 79(S1): 95-105. 
  • Fryar, Alisa Hicklin, and Daniel P. Hawes. 2012. “Competing Explanations for Minority Enrollments in Higher Education” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 22(1): 83-99

Other Activities

  • Guest co-Editor (with Kenneth J. Meier) for upcoming special issue of State Politics and Policy Quarterly on “Social Capital, Diversity and Inequality.”
  • 2015 Summer Research and Creative Activity Appointment from the University Research Council, Kent State University ($6,500).
  • Honorable Mention for the Charles Redd Award for Best Paper on the Politics of the American West. With Rene R. Rocha for "Policy Climates, Enforcement Rates, and the Migratory Behavior of Legal and Illegal Immigrants in the United States" Presented at the 2012 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference.
  • Public Policy Section Chair for the 2014 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
  • Mentor for McNair Scholars Program in Summer 2013 at Kent State University. 


Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2008, B.A., University of Texas Pan-American, 2003


Public Policy, State Politics, public administration, Education Policy, Immigration Policy, Social Sciences, Political Science, Local Government