• I am a government reformer working on issues related to improving state and local government in Alabama. My work generally involves providing data and research that could be used by government decision makers seeking to implement improvements.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 The persistence of reading and math proficiency: the benefits of Alabama‚Äôs pre-kindergarten program endure in elementary and middle schoolInternational Journal of Child Care and Education Policy.  14. 2020


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    2004 Using a Performance Budgeting System: Lessons from the Texas Experience.  425-461. 2004

    Research Overview

  • My interests include ethics, government corruption, equity in education, employment, and social programs and the belief systems and ideologies related to those issues.
  • Teaching Overview

  • I enjoy teaching courses dealing with controversial issues as well as those that provide students with practical skills. I have taught courses in ethics in public administration, normative theory, political theory, religion and politics, the American presidency, Congress, international relations, public policy, and program evaluation.

    I like to have students develop a mastery of pertinent material and challenge their preconceptions and expectations about a subject by applying a rigorous analysis of the evidence regarding common claims on the subject. As the saying goes, I am not the sage on the stage, but the guide on the side, helping students discover possibilities while honing their skills.
  • Full Name

  • Joe Adams