Christopher Witko holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an M.A. from SUNY Albany, and B.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh. Before earning his Ph.D. and becoming a faculty member, Witko worked as a transportation analyst in the New York State Senate and as a front-line bureaucrat implementing youth job and training programs for the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Department of Labor. From 2013 to 2018, Witko served as the director of the MPA program at the University of South Carolina. He has served on the faculty at Saint Louis University and California University, Sacramento. Witko's primary research focuses mostly on how public policies shape and respond to economic outcomes like unemployment and inequality, and the role of the public and organized interests in developing public policy. His book The New Economic Populism: How States Respond to Economic Inequality won the State Politics and Policy Section's Virginia Gray best book award in 2018. Witko has been part of research teams funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Norwegian Research Council and has taught in Spain and Korea.

Research Interests

Public Policy; Public Administration; American Government


  • Ph.D., Political Science, American Government Major, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • M.A., Political Science, State University of New York, Albany, 1998
  • B.A., Political Science, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, 1996