James P. Hill, Ph.D.
  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Political Science & Public Administration
  • Campus Address: Anspach Hall 301K 
  • Phone: (989)774-7415
  • Email: Hill1jp@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1992
  • M.P.A., Harvard University, 1979
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1975
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1972

Fields of Specialization

  • Environmental Policy
  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Regulation and Administrative Law
  • Native American Casino Research 

Special Training

  • MSCAO Approved Mediator, 2011
  • Professional Grant Writing Training, 2012

CMU Administrative Positions

  • Director, CMU Honors Program, 2003-2010
  • Director, Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies, 1995-2002
  • Academic Leadership Institute Fellow, 1999-2000
  • Chair, Business Law & Regulation Department, 1991-1994
  • Director, Law Center, 1981-1982

Recent Publications

  • "Michigan's Tribal Casino Compacts: Rethinking the 2 Percent Solution to Local Government Impacts", Michigan Bar Journal: Volume 88, No. 11 Nov. 2009 (pp. 32-35).
  • "The Fourth Wave: The Resurgence of tribal casino development in Michigan", Michigan Township News, January/February 2009 (pp. 30-32).
  • "The New Buffalo: A Comparative Examination of Tribal Casino Gaming in Michigan 1993-2003", (2008).
  • "What Honors Students Want (and Expect): The Views of Top Michigan High School and College Students". Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Volume 6, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2005.


Department presents results from rural Michigan survey

In the summer of 2011, the Department of Political Science authorized a study of the issues and concerns of rural Michigan residents. The survey was focused at the U.S. Census rural block level and questions posed for the telephone and written surveys were developed from the concerns and suggestions of over 150 Michigan local government officials as well as selected nonprofit organizations.


The result of this project was the survey responses of 744 randomly selected rural Michigan residents 18 years of age or older, 502 telephone survey responses and 242 written survey responses (the latter written surveys were used to correspond with those who have no land line telephone or who have unlisted telephone numbers). The survey's margin of error is +/- 4.5%.
Below is a short power point presentation highlighting some of the issues and responses from that survey that might be of interest to local and state officials. For more information about the survey or requests for additional analysis, please contact Professor James Hill (hill1jp@cmich.edu).
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