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Neal Woods

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina

Phone Number 803-777-7359
Office: 309 Gambrell
Fields of Inquiry: American Politics Public Administration and Public Policy
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF
Neal Woods


Neal Woods received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation Rethinking Regulation: Institutions and Interests in State Regulatory Enforcement was awarded the Leonard D. White Award for Best Dissertation in Public Administration from the American Political Science Association. 

Prior to his doctoral education he was a student at the University of Kansas, where he received bachelor’s degrees in economics, business administration, and political science.  Both Kansas and Kentucky won NCAA men’s basketball championships during his tenure at those schools, a tradition he expects to continue at USC.


Professor Woods’ research interests lie in the areas of public policy, public administration, federalism and intergovernmental relations, and state politics.  Substantively, much of his research focuses on environmental/energy policy and regulation.  He has published numerous articles on these and related topics in political science, public administration, and public policy journals.  


Professor Woods teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on public policy, public administration, public accountability and ethics, and data analysis.  He is a core member of the department’s NASPAA accredited Master in Public Administration program.


Konisky, David M. and Neal D. Woods.  2012.  “Environmental Free Riding in State Water Pollution Enforcement.”  State Politics and Policy Quarterly 12:3 (September) 227-251.


Konisky, David M. and Neal D. Woods.  2012.  “Measuring State Environmental Policy.” Review of Policy Research 29:4 (July) 544-569.


Woods, Neal D. and Ann O’M. Bowman.  2011.  “Blurring Borders: The Effect of Federal Activism on Interstate Cooperation.”  American Politics Research 39:5 (September) 859-884.


Konisky, David M. and Neal D. Woods.  2010.  “Exporting Air Pollution?  Regulatory Enforcement and Environmental Free Riding in the United States.”  Political Research Quarterly 63:4 (December) 771-783.


Woods, Neal D. and Matthew Potoski.  2010.  “Environmental Federalism Revisited: Second-Order Devolution in Air Quality Regulation.”  Review of Policy Research 27:6 (November) 721-739. 


Bowman, Ann O’M. and Neal D. Woods.  2010.  “Expanding the Scope of Conflict: Interest Groups and Interstate Compacts.”  Social Science Quarterly 91:3 (September) 668-687. 


Bowman, Ann O’M., Neal D. Woods, and Milton R. Stark II.  2010.  “Governors Turn Pro:  Separation of Powers and the Institutionalization of the American Governorship.”  Political Research Quarterly 63:2 (June) 304-315.