Bryan Parsons Profile

Dr. Bryan Parsons

Assistant Professor

Department: Public Affairs
Office: 203 Francis T. West Hall



Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina
B.S., Political Science, Appalachian State University


Research & Teaching Interests

Public Policy (Education, Health), State and Local Politics, Political Networks and Behavior

Recent Publications

  • "The Effects of Risk, Beliefs, and Trust in Education Policy Networks: The Case of Autism and Special Education." Policy Studies Journal, forthcoming.
  • "Local Autism Policy Networks: Expertise and Intermediary Organizations." Educational Policy, forthcoming. Published online before print October 24, 2016. [link]
  • “The Social Identity Politics of Peer Networks.” American Politics Research 43 (July 2015): 680-707. [link]
  • “Making Connections: Performance Regimes and Extreme Events.” Coauthored with Ann O’M. Bowman. Public Administration Review 73 (January/February 2013): 63-73. [link]

Recent Conference Papers

  • “Advocacy Coalitions in U.S. Special Education: Core Beliefs and Competing Models of Disability Policy.” Coauthored with Adam Johnston. To be presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2018.
  • "Core Beliefs, Trust, and Collaboration in Local Autism Policy Networks." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 1-4, 2016.
  • "Autism and Local Policy Networks: A Study of Virginia Communities." Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 7-9, 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

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Available as a Media resource for the following topics

  • Education policy
  • Health policy
  • State and local politics

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

  • Education policy
  • Health policy
  • State and local politics