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Dr. Jon Taylor Professor Chair, Political Science
Political Science
713/525-3856
taylorj@stthom.edu
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Dr. Jon Taylor’s research areas include Chinese and U.S. public administration and policy, urban politics and policy, and Texas politics. He can speak on public administration, Chinese politics and policy, U.S. public policy, e-government, census and statistics, and quantitative methodology.

Areas of Expertise
Public Policy, E-Government, Census and Statistics, Public Administration | China

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Political Science - The University of Oklahoma (1993)
  • Master of Arts - Political Science - The University of Oklahoma (1987)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and History - The University of Oklahoma (1983)

Research

  • Public Administration and Policy in the People’s Republic of China: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of the 21st Century.
  • "Practice is the Sole Criterion for Testing Truth: Assessing the CPC’s Current Efforts at Building Public Sector Ethics.”
  • "Serve the People: CPC Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Xi Jinping Era and Prospects for Party Reform and Renewal."
  • “Heaven is High and the Emperor is Far Away: Ethical Competencies in Chinese Local Government Management.”
  • “Increasing Civic Engagement at Urban Liberal Arts Universities: Putting Student Political Engagement into Practice” (with Jean-Philippe Faletta).
  • “Incremental Democracy and State-Building in China: Managing Gradual Political Reform Through Village Elections.”
  • “Making Public ‘Fun’ Private: Privatizing Municipal Recreation and Entertainment Services.”
  • “Managing Public-Private Competition in Municipal Service Delivery: Lessons from Solid Waste Collection in Houston”
  • “Party-State Ethics Management and Democratic Development: The Case of Public Administration in China.”
  • “The Chinese Communist Party and the Future of Public Administration in China: From Mao Zedong to Xi Jiping.”
  • “The Predicted vs. Actual Overall Incumbent Share of the Two-Party Vote: A New Model for Forecasting the 2016 Presidential Election

Publications

  • "“Choices for Chinese Political Science: Methodological Positivism or Methodological Pluralism?”"
    Journal of Chinese Political Science
    Springer (2019) Vol. 14 Page 357-367
  • "“Review of Deng Zhenglai and Sujian Guo, eds., China’s Search for Good Governance.”"
    Journal of Chinese Political Science
    Book Review
    Springer (2014) Vol. 19* Page 101-103
  • "“Choices for Chinese Political Science: Methodological Positivism or Methodological Pluralism?"
    Political Science and Chinese Political Studies: The State of the Field
    Chapter 8 Sujian Guo, Editor
    Palgrave MacMillan (2013) Page 151-161
  • "“Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, Let One Hundred Thoughts Contend: Political Science with Chinese Characteristics.”"
    Political Science and Chinese Political Studies: The State of the Field
    Chapter 14 Sujian Guo, Editor
    Palgrave MacMillan (2013) Page 263-274
  • "“Review of Baogang Guo and Dennis Hickey, eds., Toward Better Governance in China.”"
    Journal of Chinese Political Science
    Springer (2012) Vol. 16 Page 105-106
  • "“Curbing Corruption Through Pragmatic Confucianism and the Red Culture Campaign: Reform, Public Administration, and the Chinese Party-State.”"
    Collected Papers of the 7th International Conference on Public Administration
    Conference Precedings Zhao Shurong, Editor
    School of Political Science and Public Administrat (2011)
  • "“Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, Let One Hundred Thoughts Contend: Political Science with Chinese Characteristics.”"
    Journal of Chinese Political Science
    Springer (2011) Vol. 16 Page 323-333
  • "“I Sat Down on a Bear Trap Just this Morning: The Struggle for Curricular Core Reform at the University of St. Thomas – Houston”"
    Proceedings of the International Conference on the Liberal Arts: Looking Back and Moving Forward. The Next 100 Years of Liberal Arts – Confronting the
    Conference Proceedings Co-Author (J.P. Faletta) St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
    St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, (2010)
  • "“The Difference Between Chinese and American Private Universities: A Comparative Assessment of University Governance and Autonomy."
    Collected Papers of the U-6 Forum on International Cooperation and Education
    Conference Proceedings Anhui University, Hefei, Anhui Province, People’s Republic of China.
    Anhui University, Hefei, Anhui Province, People’s (2010)
  • "“Review of Yu Keping Democracy Is a Good Thing: Essays on Politics, Society, and Culture in Contemporary China.”"
    (2010) Vol. 15 Page 341-342
  • "“Political Science with Chinese Characteristics: Why A Mixed-Methodological Approach Better Serves China.”"
    Collected Papers of the Roundtable on China's Political Research Theories and Methods
    Conference Proceedings Zhou Enlai School of Government and the Chinese Government and Policy Joint Research Center, Nankai University, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China.
    Zhou Enlai School of Government and the Chinese Go (2010)
  • "“Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: Grassroots Democracy with Chinese Characteristics.”"
    Journal of Chinese Political Science
    Co-Author (Carolina Calvillo)
    Springer (2010) Vol. 15 Page 135-151
  • "“Incremental Democracy in China: Managing Gradual Political Reform Through Village Elections.”"
    Collected Papers of the International Conference on Chinese-Style Democracy
    Conference Proceedings Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hebei Province, People’s Republic of China.
    Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hebei Province, People’s (2009)
  • "“Chaos Theory and Disaster Relief in the People’s Republic of China and the United States: Lessons for Public Administration”"
    Collected Papers of the 5th International Conference on Public Administration
    Conference Proceedings Co-Author (with Michelle Carnahan) Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China: School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
    School of Political Science and Public Administrat (2009)
  • "“Building a Harmonious Society through Confucianist Ethics: Assessing the Impact on Public Administration.”"
    Proceedings of the Hangzhou (Liangzhu) Forum on Governance and Social Responsibility: Making Differences, Seeking Innovations, and Providing Contribut
    Conference Proceedings Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China: Zhejiang University School of Public Administration.
    Zhejiang University School of Public Administratio (2008)
  • "“Universities as Engines of Economic Development: The Texas Emerging Technology Fund.”"
    Collected Papers of the 3rd International Conference on Public Administration
    Conference Proceedings Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China: School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
    School of Political Science and Public Administra (2007)
  • "“Higher Education’s Role in Regional Economic Development: The Impact of Universities on the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF).”"
    Collected Papers of the International Symposium on the Interactive Development of Higher Education and Regional Economy and Society
    Conference Proceedings Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China: Bureau of Education, Ningbo Municipality and Zhejiang Provincial Ministry of Education.
    Bureau of Education, Ningbo Municipality and Zheji (2006)

Presentations

  • "“Go West, Young Man: Assessing the Impact of China’s Western Development Strategy on Urbanization.”" (2014)
    9th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies
  • "Urban Renewal with Chinese Characteristics: China, OFDI, and the Quest to Revitalize Detroit." (2014)
    American Society for Public Administration’s Annual Conference
    Co-Authored with J.P. Faletta
  • "“Urban Renewal with Chinese Characteristics:  China, OFDI, and the Quest to Revitalize Detroit.” " (2014)
    President’s Faculty Research and Scholarship Colloquium (with Jean-Philippe Faletta)
  • "“Assessing the Impact of Xi Jinping’s “China Dream” on the CPC’s Anti-Corruption Efforts."" (2014)
    Conference on Perspectives on the China Dream
  • "“Winning the Future: Comparative Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education in China and the United S" (2013)
    U-6 Forum on International Cooperation and Education
  • "“Are We Moving Forward? An Appraisal of President Barack Obama’s First 100 Days of His Second Term.”" (2013)
    Pi Sigma Alpha Colloquium
    Panel Discussion
  • "“You Didn’t Build That’ vs. ‘Yes We Can’: Forecasting the 2012 Presidential Election.”" (2012)
    President’s Faculty Research and Scholarship Colloquium (with Jean-Philippe Faletta)
  • "“All Predictions Wrong or Double Your Money Back: Predicting the 2012 Election”" (2012)
    conference on Perspectives on the China Dream
  • "“A Dialogue on U.S. – China Public Policy." (2012)
    Renmin University, School of Public Administration and Policy, Beijing, People’s Republic of China
  • "“New Communist Public Administration in the Era of Reform and Opening Up.”" (2012)
    Tongji University, School of Marxism, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Mao Zedong Though, the Chinese Communist Party, and the Future of Public Administration in China.”" (2011)
    School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technolo
  • "“Houston, Shanghai, and The Chimerican Dream: Suburban Nation Goes Global.”" (2011)
    U-6 Forum on International Cooperation and Education
  • "“Baby, You Gotta be Cruel to be Kind: The Struggle for Curricular Reform at the University of St. Th" (2011)
    Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) Annual Conference
    Co-Authored with J.P. Faletta
  • "“Swimming Against a Red Tide? Bill White, Rick Perry, and the Tea Party Movement”" (2011)
    Western Social Science Association Annual Meeting
    Co-Authored with J.P. Faletta
  • "“Local Web 2.0: Blogging, Social Networking, and Citizen Access”" (2011)
    Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting
    Co-Authored with Michelle Carnahan
  • "“All Predictions Wrong or Double Your Money Back: Faletta and Taylor’s Analysis of the 2010 Midterm" (2010)
    President’s Faculty Research and Scholarship Colloquium (with Jean-Philippe Faletta)
  • ""The 2010 Election in Retrospective, With an Eye to the Economy.”" (2010)
    William J. Young Social Justice Institute and Maryknoll Lecture Series (with Jean-Philippe Faletta)
  • "“I Sat Down on a Bear Trap Just this Morning: The Struggle for Curricular Core Reform at the Univers" (2010)
    International Conference on the Liberal Arts: Looking Back and Moving Forward. The Next 100 Years of
    Co-Authored with J.P. Faletta
  • "“The 2010 U.S. Congressional Elections: An Overview and Evaluation.”" (2010)
    Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
  • "“The 44th President's First Year in Office: Has Washington Really Changed?”" (2010)
    Pi Sigma Alpha Colloquium
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell? A Preliminary Forecast of the Outcome of the 2010 M" (2010)
    Western Social Science Association Annual Meeting
    Co-Authored with J.P. Faletta
  • "“Life After Bill White: Predicting the 2009 Houston Mayoral Race”" (2010)
    Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting
    Co-Authored with J.P. Faletta
  • "“Incremental Democracy in China: Managing Gradual Political Reform Through Village Elections.”" (2009)
    International Conference on Chinese-Style Democracy. Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hebei Province, People
  • "“Chaos Theory and Disaster Relief in the People’s Republic of China and the United States: Lessons f" (2009)
    International Conference on Public Administration
    Co-Authored with Michelle Carnahan
  • "“Building a Harmonious Society through Confucianist Ethics: Assessing the Impact on Public Administr" (2009)
    School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technolo
  • "“Building a Harmonious Society through Confucianist Ethics: Assessing the Impact on Public Administr" (2009)
    Nankai University, Zhou Enlai School of Government, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China,
  • ""A Just Tax Policy.”" (2009)
    University of St. Thomas Summer Justice Conference on Poverty in the USA and Abroad
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Obama’s First 100 Days: An Assessment.”" (2009)
    Pi Sigma Alpha Colloquium
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Roundtable on Political Science and Chinese Political Studies.”" (2009)
    Fudan University National Institute of Advanced Study in Social Sciences, Shanghai, People’s Republi
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: Grassroots Democracy with Chinese Characteristics”" (2009)
    Shanghai International Conference on Grassroots Democracy and Community Governance, Shanghai Normal
    Co-Authored with Carolina Calvillo
  • "“Building a Harmonious Society through Confucianist Ethics: Assessing the Impact on Public Administ" (2008)
    Zhejiang University, School of Public Administration, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic
  • "“Red State, Blue State Revisited: Predicting the 2008 Election.”" (2008)
    Blinn College Distinguished Lecture Series
  • "“The Politics of the Catholic Vote.”" (2008)
    The Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute and the Department of Political Science
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Mexican Federalism in the 21st Century: The End of the Centralist Myth”" (2008)
    Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration
    Co-Authored with Carolina Calvillo
  • "Prepared Remarks on the Impact of Photo Voter Identification on Turnout" (2008)
    Texas House Committee on Elections
  • "“Election Night Analysis and the 2009 Mayor’s Race.”" (2007)
    Friends of Councilman Peter Brown
    Panel Discussion
  • "“American and Chinese Public Administration: Similarities and Differences.”" (2007)
    School of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technolo
  • "“Under the Pink Dome: Assessing the 80th Texas Legislature”" (2007)
    Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce
    Panel Discussion
  • "“Moving From Red to Purple to Blue: Assessing Party Strength in Harris County.”" (2007)
    Houston Apartment Association
  • "“The Gathering Storm: Is Harris County Moving From Red to Blue?” (with Michelle Carnahan)" (2007)
    Houston R Club
  • "“Assessing a Mass Urban Evacuation: Evaluating Metropolitan Houston’s Response to Hurricane Rita”" (2007)
    Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration
    Co-Authored with Michelle Carnahan
  • "“Higher Education’s Role in Regional Economic Development: The Impact of Universities on the Texas E" (2006)
    International Symposium on the Interactive Development of Higher Education and Regional Economy and
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