Daniel Bliss, PhDAssistant Professor of Political Science
Office: SH 116E
- Urban politics and local government, state politics and policy, comparative politics, economic development
- Ph.D, University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science (subfields urban and comparative politics), 2011.
- M.A., University of Iowa, Journalism, 1994
- B.A., Grinnell College, History, 1992.
Research & Major Accomplishments
Dr. Daniel Bliss is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He earned his Ph.D at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in urban and comparative politics and focusing on the effects of globalization as well as economic and community development and local government, and was selected for the University of Illinois Dean's Scholar Award. The core of his research involves studying the extent to which institutional and organizational reform in state and local government can help citizens to achieve desired policies and outcomes. Prior to coming to IIT, he served as an instructor at UIC, teaching graduate courses in public administration and undergraduate courses in political science. Additionally, in 2007-08, he worked at the Government Finance Officers Association in Chicago, researching reform efforts such as change management and financial planning for local governments.
"States, Cities and the Marketplace of Municipal Economic Development Policy: How Institutions Shape Public Subsidies to Business", American Political Science Association annual meeting, Seattle, Wa (2011)
"The flypaper effect in forward and reverse: how missing local government aid affects municipal spending on community development and infrastructure." Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL (2011)
"Economic Development on Scant Resources; Why Small Towns Contain a Lesson for All", Urban Affairs Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA (2011)
"Walking On Water: A Look Back at Rita and Katrina", Government Finance Review, Vol. 23 No. 5 (2007)