Douglas Hess

Assistant Professor

I teach American Politics and Policy Studies courses at Grinnell College as well as Introduction to Statistics.

My current research focuses on voting rights and social policy in the U.S. I am also interested in civil society (nonprofit) studies, program evaluation (and other forms of analysis), and how governance structures influence the implementation and outcomes of policies. Two other passions of mine include observing political and community development in Haiti and learning about Grinnell College’s greatest alumni Harry L. Hopkins ‘12.  

I grew up in Iowa and graduated from Grinnell College in 1991. Prior to returning to Grinnell to teach, I spent two decades working on social problems of various kinds. I spent part of that time directing, advising, or otherwise assisting civil rights and voting rights projects for various nonprofit organizations. Earlier, I worked with community and labor organizers in the U.S. in Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, and in DC. I have also worked in Haiti, and with Haitians in the U.S., on human rights and pro-democracy projects in that nation. I have taught for both Grinnell College’s and Smith College’s off-campus programs in Washington, DC and for George Washington University. 

Education and Degrees

Ph.D., Public Policy, George Washington University, 2012. MA, Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1999. BA, Psychology, Grinnell College, 1991.

In the News

After a Rocky Debate, Here's What Trump Needs to Do to Win Over Voters

Fortune - September 27, 2016 

Loyal Opposition, Not Division

U.S. News - October 26, 2016 

Why Trump's Management Style Doesn't Work 

Fortune - July 28, 2017 

Voting Rights: Devil in the Details

All Things Grinnell Podcast - Season 2 Episode 9

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