William Richardson

William Richardson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Bio:

William D. Richardson was named USD Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2017. From 1998-2017, he served as chair of the Department of Political Science, director of the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, Odeen-Swanson Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Political Science at USD. He was an associate professor of political science at Georgia State University from 1978-1998. In 2005-2006, he was an American Council on Education Fellow at the New College of Florida, the state's highly acclaimed public honors college. He is the author/co-author/editor of six scholarly books and dozens of articles. Richardson obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.


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).


Education:

  • Ph D, Political Science, University of Buffalo, 1979
  • MA, Political Science, University of Buffalo, 1975
  • BA, Sociology, University of Buffalo, 1973

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Richardson, William, Cagle, Chris, and Martinez, Mike. Professional Licensing Boards. In Governing America: Major Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Governments from 1789 to the Present. Iss. 1st. New York, NY: InfoBase Publishing, 2011.
  • Richardson, William, , , and . When Good Citizens Say No: Bad Laws and Law-abidingness. In Citizenship: A Reality Far from Ideal, edited by Kakabadse, Andrew; Kakabadse, Nada; and Kalu Kalu, 81-100. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Martinez, Mike, and Richardson, William. Administrative Ethics in the 21st Century, 285. Vol. 28. New York: Peter Lang Publishers Inc., 2008.
  • Richardson, William, Hornsby, Brandon, and Martinez, Mike. Introduction: Perspectives on the Death Penalty. In The Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the 21st Century, xi-xxvii. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2002.
  • Richardson, William, Brown, Cheryl A., and Martinez, Mike. Low Deeds and High Goods: The Philosophical Foundations of the Death Penalty. In The Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the 21st Century, 3-18. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2002.
  • Martinez, Mike, Richardson, William, and Hornsby, Brandon. The Leviathan's Choice: Capital Punishment in the 21st Century. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002.
  • Richardson, William, Martinez, Mike, and Stewart, Kerry. Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues. In Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2000.
  • Martinez, Mike, Richardson, William, and McNinch, Ronald L.. he Controversy Over Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South. In The Controversy Over Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2000.
  • Richardson, William, and Martinez, Mike. Introduction: Understanding the Debate Over Confederate Symbols. In The Controversy Over Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South, 1-22. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2000.
  • Richardson, William, and Martinez, Mike. The Federalist Papers and Legal Interpretation. In University of South Dakota Law Review, 307-333. Vol. 45, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William, and McNinch, Ronald L.. Traditionalists Versus Reconstructionists: A Case Study of the Georgia State Flag. In The Controversy Over Confederate Symbols in the Contemporary South, 303-321. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2000.
  • Richardson, William, and Martinez, Mike. Introduction. In Ethics and Character: The Pursuit of Democratic Virtues. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 1999.
  • Richardson, William, Martinez, Mike, and Cagle, Christine M.. Professional Licensing Boards: Self-Governance or Self-Interest. In Administration & Society, 734-770. Vol. 30, Iss. 6..
  • Richardson, William, and Nigro, Lloyd G.. Citizen Character and Public Administration in the American Regime: Connecting 1787 and 1887. In Administrative Theory & Praxis, 32-42. Vol. 20, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William, and Arrington, Robert L.. Machiavelli. In The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophers, 375-376. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
  • Richardson, William, and Rickman, Dana K.. Democracy's Quarrel with the Academy: A View From the Ramparts. In Policy Studies Review, 23-36. Vol. 15, Iss. 4..
  • Richardson, William, and Adkins, Sarah R.. Understanding Administrative Ethics Through Literature: Character, Honor and the Corruption of Body and Soul in King Rat. In Administration & Society, 201-221. Vol. 29, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William. Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Character: Founding Thought. In Democracy, Bureaucracy, and Character: Founding Thought. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1997.
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G., McNinch, Ronald L., Bowman, James S., and Menzel, Donald C.. Ethics Workshops in State Government: Teaching Practitioners. In Teaching Ethics and Values: Program Innovations, Teaching Strategies, and Ethical Issues in Public Administration, 203-217. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1997.
  • Richardson, William. Law versus Ethics. In Handbook of Public Law and Public Administration, 361-375. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1997.
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G., Schaefer, David, Schaefer, Robert M., and Lawler, Peter. The Limits of Ethics: Revisiting the Origins of the American Regime. In Active Duty: Public Administration as Democratic Statesmanship, 311-332. Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997.
  • Richardson, William, and McNinch, Ronald L.. Citizenship, Community, and Ethics: Forrest Gump as a Moral Exemplar. In Public Voices, 82-96. Vol. 2, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William, and Thompson, Kenneth W.. Governance: Ethics, Public Administration, and Democracy. In Governance IV: Problems, Process, and Interaction, 41-58. Rutgers: University Press of America, Inc., 1993.
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G., Ingraham, Patricia W., and Kettl, Donald F.. The Founders' Unsentimental View of Public Service in the American Regime. In Agenda for Excellence: Public Service in America, 3-21. Chatham, NJ: Chatham House Publishers, 1992.
  • Richardson, William, and Nigro, Lloyd G.. The Constitution and Administrative Ethics in America. In Administration and Society, 275-287. Vol. 23, Iss. 3..
  • Richardson, William, and Fessele, Brigitte H.. Tocqueville's Observations on Racial and Sexual Inequalities in America. In Southeastern Political Review, 248-277. Vol. 19, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William. Of Vice and Men: The Founders' Search for Virtuous Public Servants. In Miller Center Report, 6. Vol. 7, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William, and Masugi, Kenneth. Racial Equality in America. In Interpreting Tocqueville's "Democracy in America, 462-479. Savage, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1991.
  • Richardson, William, and Nigro, Lloyd G.. Between Citizen and Administrator: Administrative Ethics and PAR. In Public Administration Review, 623-35. Vol. 50, Iss. 6..
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G., Hutcheson, John, Noe, Frank P., and Snow, Rob E.. Founding Principles and Contemporary Public Policy: The Case of OMB and the Sport Fish Restoration Program. In Pleasure and Preservation: An Outdoor Recreation Policy Dilemma, 113-120. Greenwood Press, 1990.
  • Richardson, William, and Nigro, Lloyd G.. Administrative Ethics and Founding Thought: Constitutional Correctives, Honor, and Education. In Public Administration Review, 367-76. Vol. 47, Iss. 5..
  • Richardson, William, and Nigro, Lloyd G.. Self-Interest Properly Understood: The American Character and Public Administration. In Administration and Society, 157-77. Vol. 19, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William. Melville's 'Benito Cereno': An Interpretation, with an Annotated Text and a Concordance. In Melville's 'Benito Cereno': An Interpretation, with an Annotated Text and a Concordance. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 1987.
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G., Denhardt, Robert, and Jennings, Jr., Edward T.. Public Administration and the Foundations of the American Regime. In The Revitalization of the Public Service, 99-117. Columbia, Missouri: Extension Publications, University of Missouri, 1987.
  • Richardson, William. 'A Fiction of Law and Custom': Nature, Nurture, and Justice in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. In The Southeastern Political Review, 33-71. Vol. 14, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William. Politics and the Restraint of Science. In The Southeastern Political Review, 203-205. Vol. 13, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William. Thomas Jefferson & Race: The Declaration and Notes on the State of Virginia. In Polity, 447-66. Vol. 16, Iss. 3..
  • Richardson, William. Biopolitics, Political Psychology and International Politics: Towards a New Discipline. In The American Political Science Review, 271. Vol. 78, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William. Jimmy Carter: In Search of the Great White House. In Southeastern Political Review, 171-73. Vol. 10, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William. The Artist and Political Vision. In The Journal of Politics, 560. Vol. 45, Iss. 2..
  • Richardson, William. City of the Right: Urban Applications of American Conservative Thought. In The Political Science Review, 207-208. Vol. 77, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William. In the Time Before Steamships: BILLY BUDD, The Limits of Politics, and Modernity. In The Journal of Politics, 250-5. Vol. 43, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William, and Somit, Albert. Excellence and Its Recognition: The Dissertation Awards in Political Science. In PS, 286-91. Vol. 13..
  • Richardson, William. The Pursuit of Happiness and Other Sobering Thoughts. In Georgia Journal of Political Science, 173-75. Vol. 8, Iss. 1..
  • Richardson, William, and Somit, Albert. Futurism in the Professional Political Science Journals. In World Future Society Bulletin, 5-9. Vol. 12, Iss. 4..
  • Richardson, William, Somit, Albert, and Peterson, Steven A.. The Literature of Biopolitics, 1963-1977. DeKalb, Illinois: The Center for Biopolitical Research, Northern Illinois University, 1978.
  • Richardson, William, , Benz T., and , Soubik J.. "The Higher Calling of Public Service: Theodore Roosevelt—Character, Leadership, and the American Creed". In William D. Pederson and Marilyn R. Bedgood, eds., Theodore Roosevelt's Last Great Adventure in the White House (forthcoming)...

Awards and Honors:

  • Professor of the Year, Political Science League, 2017
  • American Council of Education (A.C.E.) Fellow, 2005-2006, American Council of Education, 2005
  • USD Award for Academic Innovation & Achievement, USD, 2004
  • Odeen-Swanson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, USD, 2004
  • Professor of the Year, USD Political Science League, 2004

Presentations:

  • Soubik, John, Richardson, William. The American Character of Our 'Nation First' Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Presented at the Roosevelt Century Conference , Shreveport, LA. (October 22, 2015)
  • Richardson, William. Keynote Address: The Higher Calling of Public Service. Presented at the Theodore Roosevelt: Life, Times, Legacy, LSUS. (October 18, 2012)
  • Richardson, William, D., Benz T., A., Soubik J.. "The Higher Calling of Public Service: Theodore Roosevelt—Character,Leadership, and the American Creed". Presented at the Theodore Rosoevelt: Life, Times, Legacy, LSUS. (October 18, 2012)
  • Richardson, William. Leadership Challenges in Academia. Presented at the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC. (September 2, 2000)
  • Richardson, William, Martinez, Mike, Cagle, Chris. Privatizing Professional Licensing Boards: Self-Governance or Self-Interest?. Presented at the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, Knoxville, Kentucky. (September 28, 1997)
  • Richardson, William, Brown, Cheryl A.. Alexander Hamilton and the New Federalism. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (November 6, 1996)
  • Richardson, William, Martinez, Mike. Founding Principles and the Problem of Civil RICO. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (November 6, 1996)
  • Richardson, William, McNinch, Ronald L., Harris, Robert. Locke and Confucius: Democratic Structures and Authoritarian Roots in Hong Kong. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (November 6, 1996)
  • Richardson, William, McNinch, Ronald L.. Ethical Traditions in the East and the West: A Comparison of Confucius and Locke. Presented at the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, Miami, Florida. (October 3, 1996)
  • Richardson, William, Brown, Cheryl A., Adkins, Sarah. Gated Communities in an Age of Governmental Reinvention and Devolution: Is the Singapore Model in America's Future?. Presented at the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, Miami, Florida. (October 3, 1996)
  • Richardson, William. Confederate Symbols and Contemporary Southern Politics. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Political Science Association, Savannah, Georgia. (February 23, 1996)
  • Richardson, William, McNinch, Ronald L.. Citizenship, Community, and Ethics: Forrest Gump as a Moral Exemplar. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (SECOPA), Savannah, Georgia. (October 5, 1995)
  • Richardson, William, Adkins, Sarah R.. Understanding Administrative Ethics Through Literature: Character, Honor and the Corruption of Body and Soul in King Rat. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (SECOPA), Savannah, Georgia. (October 5, 1995)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G., McNinch, Ronald L.. Outside the Academy: Teaching Ethics to Practitioners. Presented at the National Symposium on Ethics and Values in the Public Administration Academy, Tampa, Florida. (February 3, 1995)
  • Richardson, William. Democracy, Public Administration, and Ethics. Presented at the Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, Atlanta, Georgia. (October 13, 1993)
  • Richardson, William. Democracy, Public Administration, and Ethics. Presented at the Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, Atlanta, Georgia. (October 13, 1993)
  • Richardson, William. Liberty and the Problem of Slavery. Presented at the Liberty Fund Colloquium, Portland, Maine. (October 8, 1992)
  • Richardson, William. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Freedom. Presented at the Liberty Fund Colloquium, Indianapolis, Indiana. (November 30, 1990)
  • Richardson, William. Public Administration, Democracy, and Ethics. Presented at the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs, Charlottesville. (November 19, 1990)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Public Administration, Ethics, and Democracy. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco. (August 30, 1990)
  • Richardson, William. Freedom and Responsibility in William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses. Presented at the Liberty Fund Colloquium, Annapolis, Maryland. (March 15, 1990)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Ethics and Public Administration. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Political Science Association, Savannah, Georgia. (February 1990)
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  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. The Founders' Unsentimental View of Public Service in America. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Memphis, Tennessee. (October 3, 1989)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Public Service and the American Republic. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, Portland, Oregon. (April 18, 1988)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Public Administration and the Enduring American Regime. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (September 5, 1987)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Ethics and the Democratic Character: Constitutional Correctives, Honor, and Education. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, Boston, Massachusetts. (March 30, 1987)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. A Duty-Free America: Self-Interest Properly Understood and the All Volunteer Army. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (August 28, 1986)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Science and the National Park Service. Presented at the User Fees and Founding Principles, Ft. Collins, Colorado. (July 17, 1986)
  • Richardson, William. Abraham Lincoln and American Race Relations. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (November 16, 1985)
  • Richardson, William. Statesmanship and Race in America: An Examination of Abraham Lincoln. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Nashville, Tennessee. (November 7, 1985)
  • Richardson, William. Democracy and Ethics. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. (September 1, 1985)
  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Citizen Character and the Foundations of the American Regime: The Role of the Administrative State. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana. (March 23, 1985)
  • Richardson, William, Fessele, Brigitte H.. Alexis de Tocqueville: Racial and Sexual Equality in America. Presented at the Democracy in America: Alexis de Tocqueville Observes the New Order, Claremont, California. (January 23, 1985)
  • Richardson, William. Racial Equality in Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston. (November 15, 1984)
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  • Richardson, William, Nigro, Lloyd G.. Revitalizing Public Administration within the Framework of the American Regime. Presented at the The Conference on the Revitalization of the Public Service, Lake of the Ozarks. (October 15, 1984)
  • Richardson, William. Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Denver, Colorado. (September 5, 1982)
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  • Richardson, William. Thomas Jefferson: Red, White, and Black Men in America. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.. (August 29, 1980)
  • Richardson, William. Melville's 'Benito Cereno': Race, Equality, and the Governing of Men. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (November 2, 1979)
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