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Gregory R.Weiher

PGH 447D

Research Interests

Urban politics
State politics
Policy Analysis
Politics of education

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Biographical Summary

Gregory Weiher joined the faculty at the University of Houston in 1984. He was director of the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston between 1991-1995. His primary fields of interest are urban politics and the politics of education. He has published articles in the Western Political Quarterly, Urban Affairs Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly. He the author of the Fractured Metropolis: Political Fragmentation and Metropolitan Segregation (Albany: State University of new York Press, 1991). This book won the Gustavus Myers Center, Outstanding Book on Human Rights awarded in 1992. He is also coauthor of Rural Poverty: Special Causes and Policy Reforms (Westport, CT: Academic Press, 1989). He is currently the principle investigator for the University of Houston contingent in the evaluation of the open-enrollment charter schools for the Texas State Board of Education, and has presented several academic papers on charter schools at professional conferences. He is also doing research on school bond referenda. He teaches Urban Politics, State Politics, Policy Analysis, and statistics.


Ph.D., Washington University, St.Louis
B.A., Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois

Selected Publications

Kent Tedin, Richard Matland, and Gregory R. Weiher. "Race, Self-Interest, the Collective Interest and Financing Public Schools Through Referenda," forthcoming, Journal of Politics, 2000.*

Gregory R. Weiher, "Minority Student Achievement: Passive Representation and Social Context in Schools," Forthcoming, Journal of Politics, August, 2000.*

Bretten Kleitz, Gregory R. Weiher, Kent Tedin and Richard Matland. "Choice, Charter Schools, and Household Preferences," forthcoming, Social Science Quarterly, September, 2000.*

Gregory R. Weiher and Chris E. Cookson (1999), "Educational Governance in the Local Place: Citizenship v. Community," in Dilemmas of Size and Democracy, Martha Derthick, ed. New York: Cambridge University Press for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Robert Crew and Gregory R. Weiher (1996), "Gubernatorial Popularity in Three States: A Preliminary Model," Social Science Journal 33:1 (Jan.).*