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Herb Asher

Distinguished Adjunct Professors


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Dr. Herb Asher was appointed a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in 2016. The creation of the Glenn College would not be possible without Asher, who served as the founding director of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy. He was instrumental in creating many of the institute’s programs that have carried over to the Glenn College, most notably the college’s Washington Academic Internship Program.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Asher has been a faculty member of the Department of Political Science, where he is a professor emeritus, and he has served Ohio State as counselor to the university president and senior vice president for government affairs. He has also been a former member and chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission and a member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

He continues to teach courses in political science that many Glenn College undergraduates take as part of their degree program. He also provides strategic advice and counsel to the college on government affairs issues, and offers his insights on the political process to the Glenn College community.

Asher received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Bucknell in 1966 and both his master’s (1968) and doctorate (1970) in political science from the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous books and articles, including "Polling and the Public: What Every Citizen Should Know."

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.