Faculty Profile

James Hoefler

Professor of Political Science (1989)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 206


Professor Hoefler specializes in American politics and public policy. His research areas are end-of-life decision making and the right to die, in both the U.S. and western Europe.


  • B.S., Syracuse University, 1977
  • M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987
  • Ph.D., 1988

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

POSC 120 American Government
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.

PMGT 301 Policy and Leadership
This course will focus both on traditional (top-down)and other less traditional models of leadership (bottom-up, e.g., grass roots advocacy, consensus building, and other less hierarchical models of shared leadership). Leadership in a variety of organizational contexts (e.g., public, private, and non-profit sectors) will be covered, and ethics will be an important theme woven throughout the course. Prerequisite: LPPM 200.

PMGT 401 Policy Management Seminar
This course will serve as a capstone experience for Policy Management majors. It will echo the key principles covered in the Foundations class, including an appreciation for (1) fluid interdisciplinarity, (2) the contingent nature of knowledge, (3) connections to the wider world beyond the college, (4) principle-based models of leadership, (5) the meaningful application of ethics, and (6) the role of stakeholder values in problem analysis and decision making processes. Emphasis will be placed on acclimating students to the processes of complex problem solving that exist in a variety of contexts, including the public, non-profit, and private sectors, as well as in various comparative cross-cultural settings. "Policy Management" majors conclude their academic study of the various frameworks, orientations, stakeholders, and value sets that exist in different policy contexts by completing a comprehensive, hands-on policy management exercise. Prerequisites: LPPM 200.

PMGT 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

LAWP 200 Foundations in Policy Studies
Cross-listed with PMGT 200-01.

LAWP 200 Foundations in Policy Studies
Cross-listed with PMGT 200-02.

PMGT 200 Foundations in Policy Studies
Cross-listed with LAWP 200-02.

PMGT 200 Foundations in Policy Studies
Cross-listed with LAWP 200-01.

HEST 201 Introduction to Health Studies
Introduction to Health Studies is a multi-disciplinary course that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of health. In addition to providing the overall framework for the materials covered, the faculty-convener of the course will draw on speakers from Dickinson faculty who will present health studies materials relevant to their respective areas of special expertise. Faculty speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines at the college, including American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, International Business and Management, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.Normally offered spring semester.

PMGT 500 Independent Study

POSC 500 Independent Study