Mark Carl Rom is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education.
His recent research has focused on assessing student participation, improving grading accuracy, reducing grading bias, and improving data visualizations. Rom also explores and critiques the field of political science through symposia on academic conferences, ideology in the classroom, and ideology within the discipline. To improve political science education, he serves on the AP Higher Education Advisory Committee, the Executive Board of the Political Science Education section, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Political Science Education. Rom received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas (magna cum laude) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992. He has served as a legislative assistant for the Honorable John Paul Hammerschmidt of the US House of Representatives, as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, as a senior evaluator at the US General Accounting Office, and as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written Fatal Extraction: The Story Behind the Florida Dentist Accused of Infecting His Patients with HIV and Poisoning Public Health (Jossey-Bass, 1997), Public Spirit in the Thrift Tragedy (University of Pittsburgh, 1996), and Welfare Magnets: A New Case for a National Welfare Standard (Brookings Institution, 1990, with Paul E. Peterson), among other book chapters and articles. His dissertation, The Thrift Tragedy: Are Politicians and Bureaucrats to Blame?, was the co-winner of the 1993 Harold Lasswell Award from the American Political Science Association as the best dissertation in the public policy field. He teaches ethics at McCourt.
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