Dr. David Cox

Dr. David Cox

Professor Emeritus

232 Browning Hall
Office Hours
By Appointment


Ph.D., 1977, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) Major: Political Science M.A., 1969, University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) Major: Political Science

B.A., 1965, with Honors, Ball State University (Muncie, IN) Majors: Social Science, Pre-Law, with Honors

Areas of Expertise:

Urban Administration
Politics and Problems
Community Building


Dr. Cox holds the rank of Professor in the Division of Public Administration. He previously served as Executive Assistant to the President at The University of Memphis, and he served on loan from the University as Director of the Office of University Partnerships for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1998-99. Other position he has held include Chairman of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Division of Public Administration, Director of the Division of Health Administration, Director of the Institute for Governmental Studies and Research, Director of the Center for Urban Research and Extension, and Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Memphis.

Dr. Cox's research, outreach, and publications have centered on the effect of urban governance structures on the responsiveness, equity, and effectiveness of public policies and on strategies for inter-organizational collaboration. His work has been supported by over $7,000,000 in nationally competitive grants. Agencies from whom he has received funding include the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Awards and recognition Dr. Cox has received include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award, the National Outstanding Community Commitment Award, the Certificate for Superior Accomplishment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Superior Performance in University Research awards, and a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship. He is Chairman of the Board of the Association for Community-Higher Education Partnerships, and is a member of the National Review Board