Department of Political Science

Cynthia Bowling

Cynthia Bowling Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Graduate Studies, and Faculty Development
315B Tichenor
(334) 844-2182

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Dr. Cynthia Bowling joined the faculty at Auburn in 1998 after earning her PhD in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time at Auburn, she has previously served the Department of Political Science as faculty, director of the Master in Public Administration program, director of the joint PhD program in public administration and public policy, and chair of the Department. Her research primarily focuses on state government administration, public budgeting, and representative bureaucracy. Additionally, Dr. Bowling served as the co-director of the American State Administrators Project in 2004 and 2008, as well as the co-editor of Publius’ State of American Federalism 2012- 2016.

In her role as associate dean, Dr. Bowling is responsible for faculty research efforts and grants, faculty development, tenure and promotion processes, and graduate programs.

Representative Publications

  • "The Effects of Administrators' Aspirations, Political Principals' Priorities, and Interest Groups' Influence on State Agency Budgets" with Jay Ryu, Chung-Lae Cho, and Deil S. Wright. Summer 2007. Public Budgeting and Finance 27, 2:22-49.
  • "Cracked Ceilings, Firmer Floors, and Weakening Walls: Trends and Patterns in Gender Representation Among Executives leading American State Agencies, 1970-2000" with Jennifer Jones, Christine Kelleher, and Deil S. Wright. November/December 2006. Public Administration Review 66, 6: 823-836.
  • "Women in State Governments: Gender Representation in Legislative, Administrative, and Other Institutions of American Society", with Jennifer Jones, Christine Kelleher, and Deil S. Wright in Book of the States, Keon Chi, ed. Lexington: Council of State Governments. 2006.
  • "Establishing a Continuum from Minimizing to Maximizing Bureaucrats: State Agency Head Preferences for Government Expansion - A Typology of Administrator Growth Postures, 1964-1998", with Deil S. Wright and Chung-Lae Cho. Public Administration Review. July/August 2004. Volume 64, 4: 489-499.

Last Updated: July 19, 2019