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Faculty and Staff

Alexander Ruder

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell, 330
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Political Science


Ruder joined the MPA program in the fall of 2015, and he is thrilled to be a part of this exciting program. Before coming to the University of South Carolina, Ruder was a researcher at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, where he conducted research on employment and higher education policy. In this role, he also worked as a principal researcher for the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. His additional policy experience includes working as a program and policy analyst for the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He now teaches public policy analysis, program evaluation, and regulatory policy. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, a MPP from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Florida. He is also currently appointed as a visiting non-resident scholar at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He co-authored a chapter in Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, published in 2015 by Upjohn Press. His research is currently funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and SEC football.  


Public Policy and Public Administration, Program Evaluation, Workforce Development, Higher Education, Regulatory Policy and Politics

Selected Publications 

William Mabe, Scott Powell, and Alex Ruder. (2015). Doing more with less: Leveraging advances in data science to support an intelligent workforce system. In Carl Van Horn, Todd Greene, and Tammy Edwards (eds.), Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Strategies for the 21st Century. Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn Institute Press.

"Labor Market Information and Major Choice: Evidence from a Survey Experiment" (with Michelle Van Noy). Heldrich Center for Workforce Development Research Reports, Fall 2014)

"Agency Design and the Blame for Agency Scandals" (Presidential Studies Quarterly, Fall 2015)

"Institutional Design and the Attribution of Presidential Control: Insulating the President from Blame'' (Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2014)