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University of Redlands Resources: Public Policy Professor Greg Thorson

Greg Thorson, the Ken and Lynn Hall Endowed Chair of Public Policy at the University of Redlands, is available to talk about an array of public policy issues including health care reform and the need for affordable health care; local, regional and national elections; homelessness; women and politics; school district planning and school funding distribution; and the role of politics in lawmaking at the state and federal levels.

He has appeared on a number of radio shows, including the Al Franken Show on Air America. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and a number of Minnesota newspapers and radio programs, among others.

 Thorson was hired to fill the chair established by Ken and Lynn Hall, who live in the Sacramento area. Ken Hall, a 1960 University of Redlands graduate and current Board of Trustee member, is the founder of School Services of California, a firm that serves more than 900 California school districts, county offices and other agencies. The firm contracts with school agencies, providing a variety of governance and business-related services.

About Professor Thorson: Thorson came to Redlands in 2008 and holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Riverside. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn.

His areas of emphasis include American politics and research methods. He has published research articles on rural homelessness, the search for affordable health care in rural areas, resource distribution in schools, conservative reformers, anti-incumbency attitudes and the effects of Presidential coattails.

Thorson has an extensive record of using current technology in the classroom, and has taught courses online and published an online textbook. He also has received grants to incorporate service learning in his classes and has used geographic information systems (GIS) technology in the classroom.

He also has worked with school districts to help develop strategic plans and has done quality of life, welfare recipient need surveys and housing surveys. He has testified to members of the Minnesota Senate and House about the impacts of a health care bill, as well as an education bill that would establish a new budget category for small school funding.

Reach Thorson at greg_thorson@redlands.edu or 909-748-8636.


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