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William C. Adams Faculty Member

Bill Adams is Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University. His research interests span several fields, including public administration, public policy, political science, applied statistics, and mass communications. Along with a variety of survey research and evaluation projects for both public and private sector organizations, his research has often focused on public opinion and the mass media. He has also studied motivations for public service and the role of think tanks in the public policy process. ➤ Books that Prof. Adams has authored and edited are (1) Election Night News and Voter Turnout: Solving the Projection Puzzle; (2) Television Coverage of the 1980 Presidential Campaign; (3) Television Coverage of International Affairs; (4) Television Coverage of the Middle East; and (5) Television Network News: Issues in Content Research. At the Rand Corporation, Adams co-authored "An Assessment of Telephone Survey Methods," a Rand monograph. ➤ His scholarly studies have been published in journals such as ● Journal of Broadcasting, ● Journal of Communication, ● Journal of Church and State, ● Experimental Study of Politics, ● Foreign Service Journal, ● International Journal of Public Administration, ● Journalism Quarterly, ● Journal of Politics, ● Journal of Public Affairs Education, ● Policy Studies Journal, ● Policy Review, ● Political Communication and Persuasion, ● Presidential Studies Quarterly, ● Public Administration and Management, ● Public Administration Review, ● Public Manager, ● Public Opinion, and ● Public Opinion Quarterly. ➤ Articles by Prof. Adams have also been published in books such as Media Power in Politics, Media and Momentum, Doing Public Administration, Practicing Texas Politics, The President and the Public, Television: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, Political and Civic Leadership, and Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. ➤ His two most widely cited research articles are “Whose Lives Count?” (first published in the Journal of Communication) cited over 370 times and “Conducting Semi-Structural Interviews” (in recent editions of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation) cited over 1,200 times so far. (Source: Google Scholar.) ➤ For many years, Prof. Adams was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Communication and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Vanderbilt University Television News Archive. He has conducted research for organizations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. State Department, the space shuttle (United Space Alliance), Goodwill Industries, Reuters, the Council on Foreign Relations, and others. ➤ Prof. Adams has lectured at many universities abroad and, in 2021, completed his quest to visit every country in the world (including all 193 members of the United Nations). In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright to teach at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. In 2016, he received the Trachtenberg School's Outstanding Teaching Award.

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