John H. Portz

Professor and Chair of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Office: 303 Meserve Hall
Phone: (617) 373-3391
Fax: (617) 373-5311

Areas of Study

Public Policy and Administration, Education Policy, State and Local Government

Selected Publications

“Summer School 2000 and 2001: The Boston Public Schools Transition Services Program,” in Summer Learning: Research, Politics and Programs, ed. by Geoffrey Borman and Matthew Boulay, Erlbaum Publishers, 2004.

Boston: Agenda Setting and School Reform in a Mayor-Centric System, in Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race, and a Mayor-Centric Approach to Urban Schools, ed. by Jeff Henig and Wilbur Rich, Princeton University Press, 2003.

Creating Communities of Learning: Public Education in Greater Boston, in Governing Greater Boston, ed. by Charles Euchner, Rappaport Institute, Harvard University, 2003.

American Government: Conflict, Compromise and Citizenship. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000 (with Christopher J. Bosso and Michael C. Tolley)

Supporting Education Reform: Mayoral and Corporate Paths, Urban Education, November 2000

City Schools and City Politics: Institutions and Leadership in Pittsburgh, Boston, and St. Louis. Lawrence, KS:University Press of Kansas, 1999 (with Lana Stein and Robin Jones)

“How Managed Care is Reinventing Medicaid and Other Public Health Care Bureaucracies.” Public Administration Review, September/October 1999 (with David A. Rocchefort and Matthew Reidy)

“Governing Massachusetts Public Schools: Assessing the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act.” New England Journal of Public Policy, Spring/Summer 1998

“Problem Definition and Policy Agendas: Shaping the Education Agenda in Boston.” Policy Studies Journal 24:3, 1996

The Politics of Plant Closings. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1990

  • Why Urban Studies?

    Northeastern's Urban Studies minor provides students interested in cities the opportunity to take advantage of he resources of an urban university situated in a major metropolitan area. The minor equips students to understand the dynamics of urban growth and development and includes the study of urban social and political institutions. It also enables students to understand urban processes and develop policies to keep cities vibrant.

    An urban studies minor complements many social science majors as well as architecture, business, and engineering. The minor also provides a solid background for graduate study and professional careers in urban planning and policy, social work, and related fields.

  • Contact Information

    School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
    Northeastern University
    335 Holmes Hall
    Boston, MA 02115

    617.373.2891 (phone)
    617.373.4691 (fax)