Jim Granato

University of Houston


Jim Granato is the Executive Director of the Hobby School of Public Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and certificate in Political Economy from Duke University. Dr. Granato’s professional experience also includes service as the Political Science Program Director and Visiting Scientist at the National Science Foundation (NSF). His research has been supported by the City of Houston, various Texas governmental agencies, the Houston Endowment, and the National Science Foundation. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications in academic journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Economic Letters, Economics and Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, Public Choice, and the Southern Economic Journal. His book, The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations (Cambridge University Press), focuses on how monetary policy can stabilize business cycles. His teaching and research interests include American politics, political economy (focusing primarily on monetary policy issues), public policy, econometrics, and the unification of formal and empirical analysis (empirical implications of theoretical models or EITM).