Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service
Kirby Hall of Civil Rights - Room 001


  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Vita: John Kincaid is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service, Director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government, President of the Center for the Study of Federalism, elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, andco-editor of the Routledge Book Series on Federalism and Decentralization.


He has served as Editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism(1981-2006); Senior Editor of the Global Dialogue on Federalism (2001-2015), a joint project of the Forum of Federations and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies; Editor of a series of books on the Governments and Politics of the American States; President of the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (1998-2005); President of the Southwestern Political Science Association (1993-1994); Executive Director (1988-1994) and Director of Research (1986-1988) of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Washington, D.C.; and Assistant and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas (1979-1994). In 1972-1973, he was Vice President of the Pentagon Papers Fund for the Defense of Human and Civil Liberties–the legal-defense organization for Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the Pentagon Papers Trial in Los Angeles.


He has lectured and consulted on issues of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state and local government, and decentralization throughout the United States and around the world, as well as testified before the U.S. Congress on intergovernmental matters.


Teaching Interests: American politics and government, federalism, and state and local government.


Honors:Daniel J. Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association; the Donald Stone Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society of Public Administration; and Publius Distinguished Scholar Award from RC28: Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance of the International Political Science Association. An annual award named after him is “The John Kincaid Award for the Best Article Published in Publius: The Journal of Federalism” given by the Section on Federalism of the American Political Science Association.


Selected Recent Publications:

John Kincaid and J. Wesley Leckrone, “Partisan Fractures in U.S. Federalism’s COVID-19 Policy Responses,” State and Local Government Review 52:4 (2020): 298-308.

John Kincaid, ed., A Research Agenda for Federalism Studies.  Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, 218 pp.

John Kincaid, “Dynamic De/Centralization in the United States, 1790-2010,” Publius:  The Journal of Federalism 49:1 (Winter 2019):  166-193.

Nicholas Aroney and John Kincaid, eds., Courts in Countries: Federalists or Unitarists?Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017, 583 pages.

John Kincaid, “The Eclipse of Dual Federalism by One-Way Cooperative Federalism,” Arizona State Law Journal49: 3 (Fall 2017): 1061-1089.

John Kincaid, “Introduction: The Trump Interlude and the States of American Federalism,” State and Local Government Review49:3 (September 2017): 156-169.

John Kincaid and Richard L. Cole, “Citizen Evaluations of Federalism and the Importance of Trust in the Federation Government for Opinions on Regional Equity and Subordination in Four Countries,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism46:1 (2016): 51-76.

John Kincaid, “Federalism and Rights: The Case of the United States with Comparative Perspectives,” Human Rights:Current Issues and Controversies, ed. Gordon DiGiacomo Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016, pp. 83-113.