Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor
Associate Professor of Political Science
Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 295C

About Charles Taylor

Dr. Taylor joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2008. His teaching focuses in state and local government, public administration, and public policy process. His research focuses primarily on a variety of policy areas across state and local governments. Dr. Taylor has taught Public Opinion and Political Behavior (POLS 370), Intergovernmental Relations (POLS 435), and Administrative Problems in State Government (POLS 466) at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Taylor has taught Problems in Public Policy (POLS 642), Managing Human Resources for Public Services (POLS 652), and Public Financial Administration (POLS 653) in the M.P.A. program. Dr. Taylor also severs as the Managing Director of the Bowen Center for Public Affairs here at Ball State University.

Before Dr. Taylor began his academic career, he served 15 years as an engineer and manager in Missouri local government. 


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, (2014-Present)
  • Ball State University: Managing Director, Bowen Center for Public Affairs, (2017-Present)
  • Ball State University: MPA Program Director, Department of Political Science, (2017-Present)
  • Ball State University: MPA Program Advisor, Department of Political Science, (2014-2016)
  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2008-2014)
  • Municipal Utilities: Assistant Utilities Manager and Systems Operations Supervisor, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, (1986-2001)



  • Ph.D.     Policy Studies,  Clemson University
  • M.S.      Administration, Southeast Missouri State University
  • B.S.       Electrical Engineering,  University of Missouri


Selected Research and Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Taylor, Charles D., Dagney Faulk, and Pamela Schaal. (2017). Remaking Local Government: Success and Failure Under Indiana’s Government Modernization Act. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(2), 155-175.
  • Taylor, Charles D., Dagney Faulk, and Pamela Schaal. 2017. Where Are the Cost Savings in City-County Consolidation? Journal of Urban Affairs, 39(2), 185-204.
  • Taylor, Charles D. 2015. “Property Tax Caps and Citizen Perceptions of Local Government Service Quality: Evidence from the Hoosier Survey.” American Review of Public Administration 45(5): 525-541.
  • Faulk, Dagney, Pamela Schaal, and Charles D. Taylor. 2013. “How Does Local Government Amalgamation Affect Spending? Evidence from Louisville, Kentucky.” Public Finance and Management 13(2): 80-98.
  • Taylor, Charles D. 2012. “Conservation Easement Tax Credits: A Viable Policy for Stimulating Donations?” State and Local Government Review 44(2): 101-112.
  • Taylor, Charles D. 2012. “Governors as Economic Problem Solvers: A Research Commentary.” Economic Development Quarterly 26: 267-276.
  • Taylor, Charles D. 2011. “Budget Conflict in Banjo Crossing: Using a Classroom Simulation to Teach the Politics of Budgeting.” PS: Political Science and Politics 44(3): 641-47.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Access to Justice in 250 1 1300 - 1350 M W F BB, room 316
Public Budget Financ 454 1 1000 - 1050 M W F AC, room 408
Adv Issues Political 603 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Managing HR for Publ 652 1 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Managing HR for Publ 652 1 1830 - 2110 T NQ, room 083