Political Science Department
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Terry Weiner

Job Title
Chauncy H. Winter Professor of Comparative Social Analysis Emeritus
3rd Floor, Old Chapel
Political Science

Teaching interests

Issues in U.S. Politics, Issues in American Education, Health Politics & Policy, U.S. Politics, Race & American Political System, International Politics in East Asia, Politics of Poverty & Welfare and Introduction to Health Systems


Publications and Grants

“Touching the Third Rail; Explaining the Failure of Bush’s Social Security Initiative.”

Politics and Policy, Winter 2007

“An International Perspective on Health Care: The Case For Terms Abroad For Future Physicians”, Frontiers; The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Fall 1997, Vol. 3, No. 2.

“Sociological Theory, the Medical Model and Mental Retardation” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 15, No. 7, 1995 (with Felmon Davis)

“Prejudice and Discrimination Against the Mentally Retarded: A Socio-Historical Perspective.” International Journal of Group Tensions, Human Sciences Press, Vol. 23, No. 3., 1993.

“Beyond Labeling: The Case of the Mentally Retarded.” Contemporary Crises: Law, Crime and Social Policy, Vol. 14, June 1990, 119-136.

“The Physician Assistant Career Study: An Examination of a Medical Innovation at Maturity.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for $49,681, 6/1/89 – 5/31/90. (E. Schneller, R. Carter).

“The MD-JD Revisited: A Sociological Analysis of Cross-Educated Professionals in the Decade of the ’80’s.” Journal of Legal Medicine, Fall 1985 (with Eugene Schneller).

“Black Attrition in Physician Assistant Training Programs.” American Journal of Public Health, April 1981 (with Eugene Schneller).

“Education and Political Party: The Effects of College or Social Class?” American Journal of Sociology, January 1979 (with Bruce Eckland).

“The Black Physician Assistant: Problems and Prospects for a Minority Group in a New Health Profession.” Journal of Medical Education, August 1978 (with Eugene Schneller).

“Some Problems of Teaching Sociology in Small Departments and Some Tentative Solutions.” Project on Teaching Undergraduate Sociology, American Sociological Association, March 1978.

“Homogeneity of Political Party Preferences Between Spouses.” Journal of Politics, February 1978.

“The Intergenerational and Intragenerational Stability of Political Party Preferences.” Unpublished dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975.

Presentations and Papers

“The Policy Environment; Chair of panel at the Northeast Political Science Association Meetings, Philadelphia, November , 2007

“Touching the Third Rail: Explaining the Failure of Bush’s Social Security Initiative.” Paper presented at the Northeast Political Science Association Meetings, Philadelphia, November, 2007

“From Service Learning to Political Engagement” presentation at the Northeast Regional Meetings of Campus Compact. Nashua, NH. March , 2006

“Diversity and Public Policy” Chair of panel at the meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL April 2006

“Education and Public Policy” Discussant. Midwest Political Science Association meetings, Chicago, IL. April 2006

“Service Learning in Political Science” Panel Discussant, APSA Conference on Teaching and Learning, Bethesda, MD, February 2005.

“The Demise of Physician Power” Northeast Political Science Association, Albany, N.Y. November, 2000

“The Politics of Pre-school Special Education”: A Case Study of Reform in New York,” Northeast Political Science Association, Boston, MA. November, 1998

“Medicare, Medicaid and Managed Care: A Broken Covenant?” Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA, April 1997.

“Inclusion and Disillusion: Is the Inclusion Movement For Disabled Children Out of Control?” Crisis in the Human Services, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, September 1996.

“An International Perspective on Health Care: The Case For Terms Abroad in Pre-Medical Education,” Pew Symposium on International Science and Engineering Education, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 1996.

“Don’t Call Me Doctor: The Changing Role of PA’s 1965-1990.” Southern Sociological Society, Raleigh, N.C., April, 1994 (with Eugene Schneller).

“Critical Theory and Mental Retardation.” Paper delivered to the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D. C., August, 1992 (with F. Davis).

“A History of Prejudice and Maltreatment Against Mentally Retarded Persons in the U.S.” Paper delivered to the First International Congress on Prejudice, Discrimination and Conflict, Jerusalem, Israel, July 1991.

“Mental Retardation: A Global Perspective,” NYS OMRDD, Albany, New York, April 1988.

“Beyond Labeling: A Political Sociology of the Handicapped,” presented at the Southern Sociological Society, Memphis, Tennessee, April 1982.

“Towards a Sociology of the Handicapped,” paper presented to the Department of Psychiatry, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, May 13, 1981.

“The Correlates of Attrition in the Physician Assistant Occupation,” presented at the Conference on Continuing Medical Education, sponsored by the School of Bio-Medical Education, CCNY and Harlem Hospital, Glen Cove, New York, August 1979.

“Problems of Curriculum Development in Small Sociology Departments,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, September 1978 (with Howard Sacks).

“Minorities in Health Professions: Bakke and Beyond,” presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, San Francisco, September 1978 (with Eugene Schneller).

“Problems of Teaching Sociology in Small Departments,” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 1978 (with Howard Sacks).

“The Black Physicians’ Assistant: Commitment to the Community of Origin,” American Sociological Association, Chicago, September 1977 (with Eugene Schneller).

“Class, Culture and Political Organization,” Organizer and Presider of Panel on this topic, North Central Sociological Association, Pittsburgh, May 1977.

“Sex Roles and Political Influence in the Family,” New York State Sociological Association, Hempstead, New York, October 1975.

Book Reviews

E. Byrne et al, Families and their Children with Down’s Syndrome, Routledge, in Disability Studies Quarterly, Winter, 1992.

S. Foster, The Politics of Caring, Palmer Press, in Disability Studies Quarterly, Winter 1990.

D. S. Eitzen, In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society, Allyn and Bacon, in Teaching Sociology, October 1989.

J. Heiss, The Case of the Black Family: A Sociological Inquiry, Columbia University Press, in Social Forces, June 1976.

A. Greely, Ethnicity in the United States: A Preliminary Reconnaissance, Wiley, in Social Forces, September 1976.

From Beirut to Jerusalem, by Thomas Friedman. Review of book for Friends of the Schenectady Public Library. January 1990.

“Put Standardized Tests in Perspective,” Op-Ed article printed in the Albany Times-Union, Syracuse Post-Standard, Des Moines Register, etc., December 1989.

“Why the SAT is Flawed,” (with James Underwood), Op-Ed article reprinted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday (L.I.), Hartford Courant and Seattle Times, 1988.

“Socialized Medicine: Failed Reform or Model for the Future?” Schenectady County Medical Society, April 1985.

“How Do We Judge the Quality of Life? The Baby Doe Case,” Albany Times-Record.

“Israel in Lebanon,” Schenectady Gazette, January 1984.

Areas of interest

U.S. politics: Political sociology, education policy, health policy & politics, race, poverty, social movements

Academic credentials

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1974