Dr. Arnold Vedlitz is holder of the Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy and director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) in the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is division head for the Science, Technology and Public Policy Division at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Transportation Safety and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment. He has served in a number of positions at Texas A&M University since 1973, including associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, associate provost for external affairs, and executive associate dean of the Bush School, a position he resumed in 2013.
Dr. Vedlitz received his BA and MA degrees in government from Louisiana State University and his PhD in political science from the University of Houston. His teaching and research focus on science and technology policy, minority politics, public policy, inter-group conflict, American political behavior, urban politics, and political psychology. Vedlitz teaches the Science and Technology Policy course and the two-semester Capstone sequence.
He is a co-author and co-editor of a highly cited book from MIT Press dealing with natural resources management and decision making, author of an important book on public policy, and author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters in the field of politics and science and technology policy with a focus on climate change. He has been principal investigator, co-principal investigator, and senior research scientist on externally funded research projects totaling more than $15.9 million. Funders have included the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Dr. Vedlitz recently served on the Council of Competitiveness, National Innovation Initiative, Public Sector Task Force, and the Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects for the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments. He is a reviewer for the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, and dozens of other scholarly journals and for the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency.