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Christopher Witko

Associate Director, School of Public Policy

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

325 Pond Lab
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 865-3747

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Christopher Witko is associate director of the School of Public Policy and a professor of public policy and political science. His primary research focuses on how public policies shape and respond to economic outcomes like unemployment and inequality, and the role of the public and organized interests in developing public policy. His most recent book, Hijacking the Agenda: Economic Power and Political Influence was released in summer 2021. The New Economic Populism: How States Respond to Economic Inequality won the State Politics and Policy Section's Virginia Gray best book award in 2018. Witko has been part of research teams funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Norwegian Research Council and has taught in Spain and Korea.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an M.A. from SUNY Albany, and a B.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh. Prior to earning his Ph.D. and becoming a faculty member, Witko worked as a transportation analyst in the New York State Senate and as a front-line bureaucrat implementing youth job and training programs for the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Department of Labor. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the director of the MPA program at the University of South Carolina. He has also served on the faculty at Saint Louis University and California University, Sacramento.