Todd Eberly
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

“Democracy is based on a profound insight into human nature, the realization that all men are sinful, all are imperfect, all are prejudiced, and none knows that whole truth…. Even when we disagree with other people we like to think that they speak from good motives and while we realize that all men are limited, we do not let ourselves imagine that any man is bad. Democracy is a political system for people who are not sure that they are right.”  --E. E. Schattschneider


Todd Eberly

Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Public Policy Studies

Department of Political Science

St. Mary's College of Maryland

202 Kent Hall




Professor Eberly has been named one of the most influential voices in Maryland Politics and one of the Top 100 Influencers of Maryland Politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

"Todd Eberly -

An assistant professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Eberly is part of one of the most influential political science departments in the state. He is often quoted in the media about the challenges faced by Republicans in a state dominated by Democrats."


Professor Eberly in the news:

Professor Eberly is the editor of the FreeStater Blog which is part of the Washington Post's All Politics are Local Blog Network.

        Articles include:

Does the MD GOP have a Deep Bench? 

To Reclaim the Governor's Mansion, MD GOP Should Look to McKeldin


Compromise in an Era of True Believers

Find his book here.


Moderate Voters, Extreme Politics - Baltimore Sun

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved publishes "Managing the Gap: Evaluating the Impact of Medicaid Managed Care on Preventive Care Receipt by Child and Adolescent Minority Populations" a study of Maryland's Medicaid program. 

Washington Post: All Politics are Local Blog

Baltimore Sun: How Ehrlich Could Win

Maryland Gazette: Governor Ehrlich: Take Two?

Baltimore Sun: Obama's Katrina Moment


The Maryland Reporter published Professor and pundit: Eberly becomes the go-to guy for Md. political analysis



POSC 201: American Politics

POSC 311: American Public Policy

POSC 312: State and Community Politics: Maryland

POSC 330: Congress 

POSC 341: The American Presidency

POSC 408: The Politics of Poverty

POSC 408: American Health Care Policy


Historical Documents:

The Federalist Papers

The Constitution

The Bill of Rights

The Declaration of Independence

The Articles of Confederation (because even great thinkers can make a mistake...)

Contemporary Links:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Brookings Institute

The Heritage Foundation

The CATO Institute

Brief Bio:

Professor Todd Eberly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of Public Policy Studies. Professor Eberly specializes in American Politics, Institutions, and Policy - with a focus on the political and policy legacies of the Great Society. Dr. Eberly is currently writing America's Dysfunctional Political System: Professional Government and Popular Distrust for Routledge Press. The book, co-authored by Steve Schier of Carleton College, is expected in early 2013.

Before joining the St. Mary's College Political Science Department, Dr. Eberly was a senior research analyst with the Center for Health Program Development and Management (the Center), a health policy firm based on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) that works to improve the health and social outcomes of vulnerable populations through research, analysis, and evaluations on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and other organizations. During his tenure, Dr. Eberly was responsible for health program evaluation, survey design and implementation, and data analysis. Dr. Eberly possesses expertise in Medicaid managed care, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and Medicare and Medicaid long-term and acute care policy ands has presented original research at several regional and national conferences on topics ranging from racial disparities in access to health care to state level initiatives to expand health insurance coverage.

Dr. Eberly received his Ph.D. in public policy from UMBC. He received the 2006 Annual Dissertation Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for his doctoral research on the impact of the Maryland Medicaid program on racial and ethnic disparities in the receipt of health care.