Senior Fellows

Dennis S. Ippolito

Eugene McElvaney Professor of Political Science, SMU

Carr Collins 221
(214) 768-3198
ippolito@smu.edu

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Summary

Dennis S. Ippolito is the Eugene McElvaney Professor of Political Science and chairman of the Department of Political Science at SMU. Professor Ippolito received his Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia in 1967. Prior to joining the faculty at SMU, he taught at the University of Virginia and Emory University. Professor Ippolito’s research focuses on national political institutions and federal budget policy. His most recent books are Deficits, Debt, and the New Politics of Tax Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Why Budgets Matter: Budget Policy and American Politics (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015). His previous books include, among others, Budget Policy and the Future of Defense; Uncertain Legacies: Federal Budget Policy from Roosevelt through Reagan; Hidden Spending: The Politics of Federal Credit Programs; Congressional Spending; and The Budget and National Politics. His work has been supported by various public and private agencies, including the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, the Twentieth Century Fund, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2010, he received the Aaron B. Wildavsky Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Public Budgeting and Finance.


Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Government, University of Virginia, 1967
  • M.A., Government, University of Virginia, 1965
  • B.A., History and Government, Adelphi University, 1964

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

Selected Publications

  • Deficits, Debt, and the New Politics of Tax Policy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

  • Why Budgets Matter: Budget Policy and American Politics (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003). Paperback edition 2004. Revised edition 2015.

  • Blunting the Sword: Budget Policy and the Future of Defense (Washington, D.C.: Institute for National Strategic Studies/National Defense University Press, 1994).

  • Uncertain Legacies, Federal Budget Policy from Roosevelt through Reagan (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1990).

  • Hidden Spending: The Politics of Federal Credit Programs (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984).

  • Congressional Spending (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1981).

Selected Speeches and Presentations

  • “Budget Policy and Defense: Long-Term Trends.” Tower Center National Security Symposium on American National Defense. John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Dallas, Tex., April 2018.

  • "The Tax Wars." John G. Tower Center Forum Event. John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Dallas, Tex., March 2013.

  • “The Budget Outlook.” Fifth Annual Tower Center Conference on National Security and Defense: Strategy, Forces, and Budgets. John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Dallas, Tex., November 2012.

  • “U.S. Budget Deficits: Domestic and Global Perspectives.” Dallas Council on Foreign Relations. Dallas, Tex., September 2012.

  • “The Politics of U.S. Tax Policy.” Dallas Bar Association, Tax Policy Section. Dallas, Tex., December 2008.

  • “Defense Budget and Military Roles and Missions.” Conference on the Future of Conflict: Military Roles and Missions. John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Dallas, Tex., November 2008.

  • “Deficits, Debt, and Budget Policy.” SMU Political Forum. John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Dallas, Tex., October 2004.