Associate Professor and Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Office: 138 McCord Hall
Office Phone: (901) 678-5527
Fax: (901) 678-2981
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).