Biographical Statement

R. Steven Daniels is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. He has taught at CSUB since 2000.  Prior to his tenure at CSUB, Dr. Daniels worked for fourteen years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He has also taught at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, The University of Nebraska at Lincoln, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, University of California, Riverside, and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon in 1972, and his Master of Science (1975) and Doctor of Philosophy (1981) degrees in Political Science from the University of Oregon.

Dr. Daniels worked for several years as an auditor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He worked as a member of the audit teams for the completion of Libby Dam in Montana and for the improvement of Chief Joseph Dam in Washington.  He has also worked as a management and policy consultant for the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Dr. Daniels has taught numerous courses in public administration and political science including the following:

Administrative Literature Seminar (Administrative Ethics and Hollywood Film)

Aging Services Administration

American Film and American Political Character

American Government

California Government and Politics

Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Government and the Media

Introduction to Microcomputers in Political Science

Introduction to Microcomputers in Public Administration

Introduction to Public Policy (Undergraduate and Graduate)


Legislative Politics

Policy Networks

Political Parties

Political Power and the American Film

The Politics of Aging

The Presidency

Program Evaluation

Public Human Resource Management

Public Opinion, Pressure Groups, and Voting Behavior

Public Policy Analysis (Undergraduate and Graduate)

The Public Policy-Making Process

Research Methods (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Scope of Public Administration

State and Local Government

Statistics (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Survey Research Design

The Vietnam War: History, Policy, and Impact

Welfare Policy (Graduate)

Dr. Daniels’s research has focused on emergency management and homeland security, aging policy, welfare policy, and legislative roll call voting.  He is the author or coauthor of eighteen refereed publications and book chapters in the areas of emergency management, decision making, aging, legislative behavior, and public policy in such journals as The American Political Science Review, The Gerontologist, Social Science Quarterly, The Journal of Criminal Justice, The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and The Policy Studies Review.  He has received grants and contracts totaling over $83,000 related to disaster management, housing policy, and nursing home reform from several organizations including The IBM Endowment for The Business of Government, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the George Bush Foundation, California State University, Bakersfield, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate School.  Since 1992, he has written or co-written eight research reports and presented twenty-nine convention papers on presidential decision making, FEMA, disaster management, aging policy, voting behavior, and welfare policy.