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Charles Menifield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Admissions Coordinator


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Office: 138 McCord HallCharles Menifield
Office Phone: (901) 678-5527
Fax: (901) 678-2981
E-mail: cmenifld@memphis.edu



Ph.D., 1996, Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

MPA., 1992, Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University

B.A., 1990, Political Science, Mississippi State University



Dr. Menifield joined the Division as an Associate Professor in Fall 2003.  He comes to us from the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. where he was a visiting scholar conducting budget analysis on federal health care programs and an adjunct professor at Howard University where he taught budgeting and public finance. Previously he was an Associate Professor of political science and public administration at Mississippi State University and an Assistant Professor at Murray State University.

He has received three teaching awards during his academic career.  His research interests lie primarily in the area of voting behavior, health and welfare policy, minority group behavior, public administration, and budgeting and financial management.


His research has appeared in a wide variety of journals. In addition, he has edited three books: Politics in the New South: Representation of African Americans in State Legislatures (2005), (with Stephen Shaffer), (2006 V.O. Key Award Winner); Representation of Minority Groups in the U.S.: Implications for the Twenty-First Century (2001), and MS Votes (2002). His most recent book, The Basics of Public Budgeting and Financial Management: A Handbook for Academics and Practitioners is due out on September 1,2008. Last, his most recent research has focused on health care issues (obesity, teenage pregnancy, infant mortality, and children's health care programs).

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