John Foster | Summer Institute | Political Science | SIU

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John Foster

Administrative Director


Office: 3134 Faner Hall

Professor Foster (Ph.D., Minnesota, 1971), the Department Chair from 1981-1995, has been at SIU since 1975. He is the co-author of two volumes (John Wiley & Sons, 1975, 1978) on the simulation of policy processes and numerous articles and book chapters. His  research focused on bureaucratic structure and personality, bureaucratic attitudes toward innovation, and management of local government. His work has appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, and Administration & Society. He was awarded the University's Sturgis award for public service in 1999 and received the College of Liberal Arts' and University's outstanding teaching award in 2002. He directed Fulbright summer institutes on American government and politics for the U.S. Department of State 1997-2004, 2007-2010, and 2013-2016.