Office Hours: Spring 2017: Mondays & Wednesdays 8:45-9:45 am, 11:00-11:30 am & By Appointment
LaTasha Chaffin joined the Department of Political Science in August 2013. Her teaching and research interests are in the field of American Politics with a particular emphasis on examining public policy and bureaucratic outcomes and their impacts on diverse and vulnerable populations. Her research interests extend to U.S. and comparative labor, economic, social welfare and state and local politics and policy. She offers courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs on American Government, Public Administration, American Public Policy, Labor and Economic Policy, U.S. State and Local Politics and Human Resource Management.
Chaffin earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Western Michigan University. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from Western Michigan University, a M.P.A. in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a B.B.A. in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Her dissertation research entitled “The War Against Joblessness: U.S. Intervention in State Labor Markets in Response to Economic Recessions,” examines the intervention of U.S. and state governments into the labor market during times of economic recession through the expansion of Social Security, unemployment insurance and training programs from 1990 to 2010.
Ph.D., Western Michigan University
M.A., Western Michigan University
M.P.A., Grand Valley State University
B.B.A., Grand Valley State University
Field of Specialization: U.S. public policy and bureaucratic outcomes and their impacts on diverse and vulnerable populations.