Department of Political Science

Cynthia Bowling

Cynthia Bowling Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Studies, and Faculty Development
7082 Haley Center
(334) 844-6152

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Dr. Bowling teaches graduate courses in public policy and public administration, and upper-level undergraduate courses in local government. Her research specializes in state, government administration, public budgeting, and representative bureaucracy. Current projects focus on the policy implications of gender representation in state administration. In addition to directing the PhD Program, she is the co-principle investigator of the American State Administrators Project, a biennial survey of state agency heads in all 50 states sponsored by the Earhart Foundation and Auburn Michigan. Dr. Bowling is a regular contributor to professional development courses offered through The Election Center. She is currently the special issue editor for Publius, The Journal of Federalism, the preeminent journal in federalism and intergovernmental relations. She earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Representative Publications

  • "The Effects of Administrators' Aspirations, Political Principals' Priorities, and Interest Groups' Influence on State Agency Budgets" with Jay Ryu, Chung-Lae Cho, and Deil S. Wright. Summer 2007. Public Budgeting and Finance 27, 2:22-49.
  • "Cracked Ceilings, Firmer Floors, and Weakening Walls: Trends and Patterns in Gender Representation Among Executives leading American State Agencies, 1970-2000" with Jennifer Jones, Christine Kelleher, and Deil S. Wright. November/December 2006. Public Administration Review 66, 6: 823-836.
  • "Women in State Governments: Gender Representation in Legislative, Administrative, and Other Institutions of American Society", with Jennifer Jones, Christine Kelleher, and Deil S. Wright in Book of the States, Keon Chi, ed. Lexington: Council of State Governments. 2006.
  • "Establishing a Continuum from Minimizing to Maximizing Bureaucrats: State Agency Head Preferences for Government Expansion - A Typology of Administrator Growth Postures, 1964-1998", with Deil S. Wright and Chung-Lae Cho. Public Administration Review. July/August 2004. Volume 64, 4: 489-499.

Last Updated: January 16, 2019