Dr. Niel Brasher

Professor and Department Chair + " " +

Professor and Department Chair

420 Grove Hall

(717) 477-1714


  • Ph.D., American University (Political Science), 1988
  • MA, University of Colorado, Boulder (Policy Analysis), 1984

Research Interests

  • Political economy
  • Welfare policy analysis and evaluation
  • Research design and methodology


  • Research Methods
  • Policy Analysis
  • International Politics


Dr. Brasher recently completed a second report for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania on the impact of TANF on rural families. During summer semesters, he also conducts class trips to Europe. Classes on these tours often include visits to and lectures provided by staff members at European Union and NATO. Different groups have gone to Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and Czech Republic.