College of Arts & Sciences Political Science

William D. Richardson

William Richardson
Distinguished Professor
Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
UD Dakota Hall 103 DH
Phone: 605-677-5701
William D. Richardson is the Odeen-Swanson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, chair of the Department of Political Science, and director of the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota. In 2005-2006, he was an American Council on Education Fellow at New College of Florida, the state’s highly acclaimed public honors college.
Teaching Interests:
Political Philosophy; Leadership Studies; American Politics; Public Administration
Research Interests:
Richardson's research on aspects of American government, political thought, and ethics has appeared in numerous journals and books, including Administration and Society, Public Administration Review, Polity, Interpretation, and Public Voices. His books include: Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’: An Interpretation with Annotated Text and Concordance (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1987); Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Character: Founding Thought (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas,1997); Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues, with J. Michael Martinez and Kerry Stewart, (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1999); Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South, with J. Michael Martinez and Ronald McNinch-Su (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2000); The Leviathan’s Choice: The Death Penalty In the 21st Century, with J. Michael Martinez and Brandon Hornsby (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002); and Administrative Ethics in the 21st Century, William D. Richardson & J. Michael Martinez (NY: Peter Lang Publishers, Inc., 2009).
  • Ph D, Political Science, University of Buffalo, 1979
  • MA, Political Science, University of Buffalo, 1975
  • BA, Sociology, University of Buffalo, 1973