William Ascher

William Ascher, Ph.D.

Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics

B.A., University of Michigan; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Government , Robert Day School of Economics and Finance
Office Hours
Monday, 10-11 a.m., Wednesday 10-11 a.m.


(909) 607-3071

(909) 621-8419

Kravis Center 231

Areas of Expertise

Developing Countries, Environment, Public Policy

Selected Research and Publications

  • Knowledge and Environmental Policy: Re-Imagining the Boundaries of Science and Politics

  • Bringing in the Future: Strategies for Farsightedness and Sustainability in Developing Countries

  • Revitalizing Political Psychology: The Legacy of Harold D. Lasswell

  • Cultural Change and Persistence: New Perspectives on Development

  • Physical Infrastructure Development: Balancing the Growth, Equity, and Environmental Imperatives

  • Development Strategies and Intergroup Violence

  • Evolution of Development Thinking: Governance, Economics, Assistance, and Security

Selected Awards and Affiliations

  • Huntoon Senior Teaching Award, 2009

  • Levine Prize for Best Book in Public Policy, 2010

  • Society of Policy Scientists

  • Huntoon Senior Teaching Award, 2016