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College of Natural and Social Sciences

Department of Political Science

J. Theodore Anagnoson

Chair of the Academic Senate, 2002-2004
CSULA President's Distinguished Professor, 2004-2005  
Member of the Faculty Early Retirement Program, 2007-2008

Office:   E&T A529
Phone:  (323) 343-2245
FAX:     (323) 343-6452
Email:    tanagno@calstatela.edu


I have taught at Cal State LA since 1983, with interruptions in 1988 for a semester at the University of Waikato (Hamilton, New Zealand) and the 1995-1997 period, when I was Acting Director of the Health Financing Policy Division, Office of Health Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.  I have also taught at the University of Rochester, where I got my PhD, Alfred University (1972-1974), the University of California at Santa Barbara (1975-1983), the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (1981) as a Fulbright lecturer, and the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.  In 1974-75, I was a Brookings Institution research fellow while working on my dissertation, Political Influence in the Distribution of Federal Grants: A Study of the Implementation of Public Policy. I have had 20 grants over the course of my career, including four from the National Science Foundation.  I have also written some 28+ articles and book chapters, as well as several versions of StataQuest 4, the StataQuest 4 Text Companion , and the recently published, Governing California in the 21st Century (Norton, 2007).   

I was chair of the Department from 1986 to 1993 and 2000-2001. 

In addition to this site, I have developed several others, but I now manage only these two:  

    Both the Committee on Health Politics and the Aging Policy and Politics Group sites have links pages with special introductions to the policy area for students. 
Here are some interesting links: 
I have two children.  One graduated from the Harvard University Divinity School with a Masters in Theology degree in June, 1999 and is a freelance editor of K-12 math and science books. The other received his BA in psychology in June, 1998 and works in the computer industry. My wife recently completed her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute , Summerland, California. 


I have taught the following in recent years.  These are all POLS courses except 230.  

  • POLS 150 - American and California Politics
  • POLS 200 - California Politics and Government
  • POLS 330 - Politics of Aging (social science course in the aging upper division theme)
  • POLS 403 - State and Local Government
  • POLS 490 - Special Topics: California Public Policy
  • POLS 498 - Senior Seminar: California Politics and Government Reform - Is California Ungovernable?  
  • POLS 579 - Public Sector Information Management and Computing
  • POLS 583 - Seminar - Health Policy and Politics
  • POLS 587 - Seminar - Aging Policy and Politics
I have also taught POLS 400 (Congress and the Presidency), 479 (Computers in the Public Sector), 481 (Managerial Computing in the Public Sector), and 580 (Advanced Quantitative Methods in Public Administration).  

I place a lot of emphasis on giving students the tools needed, particularly computer-based tools, to do research and function in today's job market. 


Most of the research I have done has focused on 

  • political influence in the distribution of federal grants, 
  • legislators and their constituencies, and 
  • the politics of health policy. 
Here are some recent pieces that are up on the web: 

"Health Politics in the 1990s After the Health Security Act:  Can the Gaps Be Filled?"   Presented at the 1998 annual meetings  of the American Political Science Association, Boston, September 2-6. 

Workshop on " Trends in the Availability and Analysis of Social Science Data for Teaching and Research ." Presented at Cal State LA on October 14, 1998 in the Faculty Instructional Technology Lab. 

" Microsimulations of Public Policy ," a book chapter for The Handbook of Public Information Systems, completed December, 1998. 

" A Comparative Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Measures of Undergraduate Political Science Students' Learning Outcomes ," with Edward S. Malecki, presented at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, September 2-5, 1999, Atlanta, Georgia. 

" An Informal Handbook for Part-Time Faculty," Department of Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles (September, 1999). 

"Public Opinion and Medicare" (.pdf) presented at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, August 29-September 1, 2002, Boston, Massachusetts.  Note that this is a PDF file.  

"The Crisis in Higher Education Funding: State Budgetary Health and Spending on Higher Education." Presented at the annual meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, April, 2005. Co-authored with Prof. J. Emrey.  

"Making Research Count: Under What Conditions Will Decisionmakers Listen To What You Have To Say?" Keynote address to the all-CSU Student Research Conference, CSU Dominguez Hills, May, 2007.  

Fall 2007 Schedule 
Course Sect. No. Title Units Day & Time Room
POLS 330
The Politics of Aging - a survey of political issues related to senior citizens, including voting and political participation, pensions and retirement, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid/Medi-Cal, and Long-Term Care.

Books: Diamond, Peter and Peter Orszag. Saving Social Security, A Balanced Approach. Washington: Brookings, 2005. 0-8157-1837-6.
Oberlander, Jonathan. The Political Life of Medicare. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2003. 0-226-61596-0.

Used copies of both books should be widely available.  
Both courses will use a large number of documents from various web sources.  
Tues-Thurs 11:40-1:20
SH C 164B
POLS 587

Seminar: the Politics of Aging.   This quarter the seminar will focus on Social Security and Medicare reform efforts and proposals.

Books:  Same as POLS 330.
Both courses will use a large number of documents from various web sources.       
Wednesdays 6-10
E&T A531 
Office Hours
Tentatively Tuesdays 5-6:30, Wednesdays 8-9 a.m., Wednesdays 5-6 p.m., Thursdays 8-9 a.m.  
All office hours are by appointment only - make appointments by emailing me at tanagno@calstatela.edu.  

E&T A-529

Winter 2008 - not teaching.

Spring 2008 - not teaching.

Day Time
Off duty No office hours   

Prof. Anagnoson may be contacted through Email at tanagno@exchange.calstatela.edu.  


POLS 330, Politics of Aging, Fall 2007:  Syllabus

POLS 587, Seminar: Politics of Aging, Fall 2007.  Syllabus

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