Douglas R. Hess teaches American Politics and Policy Studies courses at Grinnell College.
My current research focuses on voting rights and social policy in the U.S. I am also interested in civil society (nonprofit) studies, program evaluation (and other forms of analysis), and how governance structures influence the implementation and outcomes of policies. Two other passions of mine include observing political and community development in Haiti and learning about Grinnell College’s greatest alumni Harry L. Hopkins ‘12.
I grew up in Iowa and graduated from Grinnell College in 1991. Prior to returning to Grinnell to teach, I spent two decades working on social problems of various kinds. I spent part of that time directing, advising, or otherwise assisting civil rights and voting rights projects for various nonprofit organizations. Earlier, I worked with community and labor organizers in the U.S. in Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, and in DC. I have also worked in Haiti, and with Haitians in the U.S., on human rights and pro-democracy projects in that nation. I have taught for both Grinnell College’s and Smith College’s off-campus programs in Washington, DC, and for George Washington University and Georgetown University.