John Hudak, PhD

Adjunct Instructor

John Hudak


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John Hudak, PhD

Adjunct Instructor


PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN - 2012

MS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN - 2009

BA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT - 2005

Research & Interest

Marijuana Legalization Policy


I am a political scientist and public policy analyst whose work focuses on presidential power, congressional-presidential relations, federal budgets, and marijuana legalization policy.

My latest book, Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants
demonstrates that pork-barrel politics occurs beyond the halls of Congress. Presidents capitalize on their discretionary funding authority to target federal dollars to swing states in advance of presidential elections. My other work explores how agency staffing, expertise, and institutional structure facilitate or hinder presidential power and influence. This research explores the balance between political control and bureaucratic expertise in the delivery of public policy.

Of late, I have extended my research into governance issues around marijuana legalization policy, specifically examining how the states that have legalized recreational cannabis are developing legal, regulatory, and bureaucratic systems.


Cannabis, Policy, Politics, & Regulation