Pamela Schaal

Pamela Schaal

Associate Professor of Political Science

American Politics / Public Administration

Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 266

About Pamela Schaal

Dr. Schaal joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2009. Her teaching focuses on American politics, Congress, public policy, and urban politics. Her research focuses primarily on the political conditions which enhance the institutional separation of powers and federal distinction. Dr. Schaal has taught Introduction to American National Government (POLS 130), State and Local Politics (POLS 237), Urban Government in the United States (POLS 238), Problems in Public Policy (POLS 342), Congress (POLS 431), and Public Interest Groups and Government (POLS 471) at the undergraduate level.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, (2018-Present)
  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2009-2018)
  • George Mason University: Adjunct Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, (2007-2008)
  • University of Notre Dame: Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, (2003-2007)
  • Office of Inspector General: Program Evaluation Analyst, Legal Services Corporation, (2000-2002)
  • COSMOS Corporation: Associate Analyst, (1998-2000)
  • The Urban Institute: Research Assistant Intern, (1997)
  • United States Senate: Staff Assistant, Office of the Honorable Mike DeWine, (1996)
  • United States House of Representatives: Legislative Intern, Office of the Honorable Rob Portman, (1996)



  • Ph.D.     Political Science,  University of Notre Dame
  • M.A.      Political Science,  University of Notre Dame
  • M.A.      Political Science (Public Policy Focus),  University of Toledo
  • B.A.       Sociology,   University of Toledo


Selected Research and Publications

Journal Articles

  • Schaal, Pamela M., Charles D. Taylor, and Dagney Faulk. (2017). “To Consolidate or Not to Consolidate: An Analysis of the Enabling Legislation that Facilitates City-County Consolidation.” In The Governance of Local Communities: Global Perspectives and Challenges, ed., Thom Reilly. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. New York. 201-219
  • Taylor, Charles D., Dagney Faulk, and Pamela M. Schaal. (2017). “Remaking Local Government: Success and Failure under Indiana’s Government Modernization Act.” Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. Vol. 3 No. 2, 155-175.
  • Taylor, Charles D., Dagney Faulk, and Pamela M. Schaal. (2017). “Where Are the Cost Savings in City-County Consolidations?” Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol. 39, No.2, 185-204.
  • Schaal, Pamela M. (2016). “Legislative Deliberation and the Appropriations Process of Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security: Does Divided Government Matter?” Illinois Political Science Review, Fall 2016, Volume 16, 123-160.
  • De Vries, Dawn, Pamela M. Schaal, and Roy H. Olsson. (2016) “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and Its Impact on Recreational Therapy.” Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, Volume 23, 52-63.
  • Faulk, Dagney, Pamela Schaal, and Charles D. Taylor. (2013) “How Does Local Government Amalgamation Affect Spending? Evidence from Louisville, Kentucky.” Public Finance and Management, Volume 13, No. 2, 80-98.
  • Schaal, Pamela M. (2011) “Veto Player Behavior in the Federal Criminal Justice Spending Process: The Effects of Divided Versus Unified Government.” Journal of Political Science, Volume 39, 153-184.
  • Schaal, Pamela M. (2010/2011). “Fiscal Federalism: The Effects of Divided Versus Unified Government on the Distribution of Federal Aid in Criminal Justice.” Indiana Journal of Political Science, Volume 13, 2-17.
  • Schaal, Pamela. M. (2013) Book Review of Congress In Context by John Haskell (Westview Press, 2010). Journal of Politics, Volume 75-2, 1-2.
  • Olsson, R., Kucharewski, R., & Schaal, P. (2002). “The Americans with Disabilities Act: a review and analysis of its impact on recreational therapy.” Global Therapeutic Recreation 6, 22-30.