Dr. Ted Lascher

Dr. Ted Lascher

Professor of Public Policy & Administration

Appointed May 2007

Dr. Lascher joined the Sacramento State faculty in 1996 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPA).  Prior to becoming Interim Director of the Serna Center he served six years as PPA Chair. During his tenure as Chair the Department expanded its curriculum to offer undergraduate courses, adopted new certificate and concentration programs, worked with the College of Business Administration to establish a Master’s of Science in Urban Land Development, and partnered with other campus units to create Ed. D. programs.  Professor Lascher also has been Vice Chair of the Sacramento State Faculty Senate, campus representative to the Social Science Research and Instructional Council, and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Professor Lascher’s research has covered a wide range of topics including political parties, public opinion, direct democracy, elections, regulatory policy and politics, legislative decision making, victim compensation, policy communities, and political careers.  His recent publications include “Macropartisanship in California” (coauthored with John L. Korey and appearing in the spring 2006 issue of Public Opinion Quarterly), exploring long term trends in party identification and emphasizing the importance of movement in political allegiances among California Latinos.   Dr. Lascher is the author of The Politics of Automobile Insurance Reform (Georgetown University Press, 1999) and co-editor of two books.  His research has appeared in such academic journals as American Behavioral Scientist, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Public Choice.  His article entitled “Constituency Size and Incumbent Safety: A Reexamination” was co-winner of the award for best article in Political Research Quarterly in 2005.  Dr. Lascher was the recipient of the 2006 President’s Award for Scholarly Activities at Sacramento State.  He has also been a Faculty Fellow with the Field Institute. 

In addition to serving on the faculty at Sacramento State, Dr. Lascher held a teaching appointment at Harvard University.  He also received a California State Assembly Fellowship, worked as a committee consultant for the California State Senate, and was an analyst with the California Department of Social Services.

A California native, Professor Lascher received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his A.B. in political science from Occidental College in Los Angeles.