Max J. Skidmore

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Political Science

5120 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO

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Max J. Skidmore is University of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow. He teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Skidmore has been Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to India, and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong; when he was an arts and sciences dean, he was awarded a short-term Fulbright to Germany for administrators. He is a prolific author; several of his books have been translated into foreign-languages, appearing in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, Hungarian, Russian, and Spanish editions, some under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Although well-known as a scholar of politics and language, American political thought, political ideologies, and general American government, Skidmore also has published widely in American studies and popular culture, especially regarding transportation and America's forgotten early 20th-century highways. In recent years, however, in addition to the U.S. presidency, much of his work has dealt with the politics of Social Security, Medicare, and health care in the U.S. These latter interests led him to accept the position of editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed quarterly journal, Poverty and Public Policy (sponsored by PSO, and published by Wiley). Skidmore holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Scholars' Strategy Network, and is founding president of the APSA's Caucus on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy.

Skidmore, Max J. 2016. Presidents, Pandemics, and Politics. Palgrave.
Abstract: A study of presidential reactions to pandemics and other national health emergencies. It argues that positive presidential attitudes toward the potential of government are vital.
Skidmore, Max J. 2014. Maligned Presidents: The Late 19th Century. Palgrave/Macmillan.
Skidmore, Max J. 2014, Bulwarks Against Poverty: Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. Westphalia Press.
Skidmore, Max J. 2004. After the White House: Former Presidents as Private Citizens. Palgrave.
Skidmore, Max J. 2004. Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review. McFarland.
Skidmore, Max J. 2008. Securing America's Future: A Bold Plan to Preserve and Expand Social Security. Rowman and Littlefield.

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Health Policy
Social Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History PRIMARY