William Ewell


William Ewell is an Assistant Professor of American politics and public policy. He teaches courses in American political institutions, social and economic policy, and political methodology.

He has recently published articles in Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Political Science Education. His research interests include American political institutions, particularly the U.S. Congress, the politics of resource allocation, American Political Development and American social policy. More broadly his research focuses on issues of social justice and the politics of inequality. Many of these interests inform his current research project exploring the political development of the appropriations process and its implications for dealing with congressional spending. 

Ewell also has nearly 10 years of professional experience working in federal and state politics. He worked for former North Carolina Governor James Hunt at the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. He also served as a legislative aide in the office of Rhode Island United States Senator John Chafee.


  • B.A., Political Science and Public and Community Service studies, Providence College
  • M.P.P., Public Policy, Duke University
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

  • American Government and Politics
  • The United States Congress
  • The American Presidency
  • Political Polarization in American Politics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Education Policy and Politics
  • Inequality, Poverty, and American Democracy
  • Native New England Learning Community
  • Political Science Research Methods