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Brown Bag Lunch with Steven Teles, Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University - Co-Sponsored with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

Thu April 22, 2010 at SRH 3.122

Guest speaker Steven Teles will consider three questions: What explains the sheer complexity of American public policy? What are the consequences of policy complexity? And can anything be done about it?

Steven Teles is Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a professor or visiting researcher at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Maryland, Brandeis University, the University of London, Holy Cross and Hamilton Colleges. He is the author, most recently, of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law (Princeton University Press, 2008), and before that Whose Welfare: AFDC and Elite Politics (University Press of Kansas, 1996). He is the co-editor of two books: Conservatism and American Political Development (Oxford University Press, 2009, with Brian Glenn) and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with Glenn Loury and Tariq Modood). Mr. Teles is also the editor of Oxford University Press' book series on Contemporary American Political Development.

He is currently writing a book on how politics affects policymaking. His article, "Transformative Bureaucracy: Reagan's Lawyers and the Dynamics of Political Investment" will be published by Studies in American Political Development in early 2009. Mr. Teles has also published articles in the New Statesman, American Prospect, Public Interest and Boston Review, appeared on and blogs occasionally at He received his PhD in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1995, and his BA in Political Science from George Washington University in 1989.

As a Schwartz Fellow at New America, Mr. Teles is looking at the intersection of politics and policymaking, as well as the role of private philanthropies in formulating public policies.

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