Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama
Joe Adams is a good-government professional, an experienced research analyst and evaluator. Before moving to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, he worked at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he assisted state and local governments.
One former staff member described him as "relentless." Naturally, he took it as a compliment. It wasn't. But that's how he approaches all of his projects, including establishing the planning department and designing the performance reporting system at the Texas Workforce Commission when it was created. Large data sets and large, difficult problems are his favorite projects.
He has taught more than 40 college courses in the areas of public policy, political theory, program evaluation, and ethics in public administration, and served as an active participant on 15 doctoral dissertation committees as a member of the MSU graduate faculty. Joe has experience in government research, analysis, and planning, including eight years in state government, as a senior legislative research analyst with the Comptroller of the Treasury's Offices of Research and Educational Accountability in Tennessee, as a budget and performance analyst for the State of Texas with the Legislative Budget Board, and as the first director of planning for the Texas Workforce Commission.
Before working in government, he was the research director for Political Research Inc., and a visiting assistant professor at Auburn University. He holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University (political science and history), and a Ph.D. (political science) from Vanderbilt University.