John Strate

John Strate

Associate Professor


313-993-3435 (fax)

2017 Faculty Administration Building

Curriculum vitae


Political Science

John Strate

H.S., 1965  Edina, Minnesota, National Honor Society

B.A., 1969  Macalester College, major:  political science, Magna Cum Laude

M.A., 1970  The University of Michigan  field:  political science

Ph.D., 1982  The University of Michigan  field:  political science, cognate:  zoology

The Department of Political Science has been a great place to work, with friendly and supportive colleagues, friendly staff, ample opportunities for research and collaboration, and highly motivated and bright students.  There's a strong faculty union that vigorously defends academic values.    Over the years I've served as Graduate Adviser (about six years) and as MPA Director (about seven years).  I've enjoyed working with graduate students and have directed about a dozen doctoral dissertations.  

My research interests have been numerous and varied over the years.  With colleagues and students, I've conducted research on political participation, urban policy issues (schools of choice, trade, political election cycles), physician assisted suicide, legislative term limits, administrative ethics, cutback management in local government, gender inequality in the Arab world, and others.    

Nearing retirement age, it's been an interesting and rewarding career at Wayne State University.  I hope to finish up several more research projects before retirement.  

I'm a widower with two adult daughters.  I've one granddaughter.  My personal intersts include  reading, Tiger baseball, Michigan football, walking,  bicycling, skiing, swimming, nature study, home repairs, and gardening.  I'm not much of a traveler, and keep a small carbon footprint.   

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • public administration

  • research methods

  • biopolitics

  •  cutback management


cutback management

gender inequality in the Arab world




  • B.A. Macalester College 1969
  • M.A. The University of Michigan 1970
  • Ph.D. The University of Michigan 1982

Selected publications


Nahla Hamdan and John Strate. 2020. Gender inequality in the Arab world: a comparative perspective. Contemporary Arab Affairs 23(#3).


Robert Heuton and John Strate. 2019. Cutback management in Canadian cities. Local Government Studies. Published online: 16 August 2019.

John Strate, Tae Hwa Jung, James Leidlein. 2009-2010. Sexual Harassment! What’s a Local Manager to Do? Public Integrity 12(#1):61-75.

Sarbaugh-Thompson, Marjorie, John Strate, Kelly LeRoux, Lyke Thompson, Richard Elling, and Charles D. Elder. 2010. Legislators
and Administrators: Complex Relationships Complicated by Term Limits. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 35(1):57-89.

Tae Hwa Jung, John Strate, James Leidlein. 2007. What about a Ten Commandments Plaque in City Hall? City Managers Respond to a (Possibly) Unconstitutional Council Directive. Public Integrity 9(#4):349-361.

Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Lyke Thompson, Charles D. Elder, Meg Comins, Richard C. Elling, and John Strate. 2006. Democracy among Strangers: Term Limits’ Effects on Relationships between State Legislators in Michigan. State Politics & Policy Quarterly 6(#4):384-409.

John M. Strate, Marvin Zalman, & Denis J. Hunter. 2005. Physician-assisted suicide and the politics of problem definition. Mortality 10(1):23-41.

Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Lyke Thompson, Charles D. Elder, John Strate, Richard C. Elling. 2004. Political and Institutional Effects of Term Limits. Palgrave.

John Strate, Timothy Kiska, and Marvin Zalman. 2001 (published 2005). Who Favors Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide? The Vote on Michigan’s Proposal B. Politics and the Life Sciences 20(2):155-163.

John M. Strate and Marvin Zalman. 2003. Interest Group Lobbying on a Morality Policy Issue: The Case of Physician-Assisted Suicide in Michigan. American Review of Politics 24:321-342.

G.M. Ross and John M. Strate. 2003. The January Thaw in Southern Michigan and Wisconsin, 1950-1999. Michigan Academician 35:227-241.

Stanley M. Caress, Charles Elder, Richard Elling, Jean-Philippe Faletta, Shannon K. Orr, Eric Rader, Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, John Strate, and Lyke Thompson. 2003. Effect of Term Limits on the Election of Minority State Legislators. State and Local Government Review 35:183-195.

John Strate, 2003. Altruism and Good Samaritan Law. In Albert Somit and Steven Peterson, eds. Human Nature and Public Policy. An Evolutionary Approach. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 181-201.

Sarbaugh-Thompson, M., Thompson, T.L., Marckini, L., Strate, J., Elling, R.E. & Elder, C. 2002. Term Limits and Campaign Funding in Michigan: More Money, More Candidates, More Wealth. In D. Schultz (Eds), Money, Politics, and Campaign Finance Reform Law in State Politics. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Sarbaugh-Thompson, M., Thompson, T.L., Marckini, L., Strate, J., Elling, R.E. & Elder, C. 2002. Term Limits and Campaign Funding in Michigan: More Money, More Candidates, More Wealth. In D. Schultz (Eds), Money, Politics, and Campaign Finance Reform Law in State Politics. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

Shannon Orr, Eric Rader, Jean-Philippe Faletta, Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, Charles Elder, Lyke Thompson, John Strate, and Richard Elling. 2001. A Naturally Occurring Quasi-Experiment in the States: Research on Term Limits in Michigan. State Politics and Policy Quarterly, pp. 433-445.

Marvin Zalman, John Strate, Denis Hunter, and James Sellars. 1997. "The Michigan Assisted Suicide Three Ring Circus: The Intersection of the Common Law and Politics." Ohio Northern University Law Review. 23(#3):863-968.

Susan P. Fino, John M. Strate, Marvin Zalman. 1997. "Paging Dr. Death: The Political Theater of Assisted Suicide in Michigan." Politics and the Life Sciences 16:87-103.

Marvin Zalman and John Strate. 1997. "Last Rights: Assisted Suicide and the Judicial Process." Criminal Law Bulletin. 33:205-225.

Harold Wolman, John Strate, and Alan Melchior. 1996. "Does Changing Mayors Matter?" Journal of Politics 58:201-223.

Thomas B. Jankowski and John Strate. 1995. “Modes of Participation Over the Adult Life Span.” Political Behavior 17:89-106.

John M. Strate, Coit C. Ford III, Thomas B. Jankowski. 1994. “Women’s Use of the Print Media to Monitor Politics.” Social Science Quarterly 75:166-186.

John M. Strate and James R. Sellars. 1993. “Elite Opinion on Canada-U.S. Trade Liberalization.” The American Journal of Canadian Studies 23:583-605.

John Strate and Carter Wilson. 1993. "Public Opinion on Schools of Choice in the Detroit Metropolitan Area." The Urban Review 25:123-137.

John Strate, Harold Wolman, and Alan Melchior. 1993. "Are There Election Driven Tax and Expenditure Cycles for Urban Governments?" Urban Affairs Quarterly 28:462-469.

John M. Strate, Charles J. Parrish, Charles D. Elder, and Coit Ford III, 1989. "Life Span Civic Development and Voting Participation," American Political Science Review 83:443-464.

John Strate and Steven Dubnoff. 1986. "How Much Income Is Enough? Measuring the Income Adequacy of Retired Persons Using a Survey Based Approach," Journal of Gerontology 41(2):393-400.

John Strate. 1985. "The Role of War in the Evolution of Political Systems and the Functional Priority of Defense," Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 12(2):87-114.

John Strate. 1984. "Post-Retirement Benefit Increases and the Adequacy of Benefits in State Pension Plans," The Gerontologist 24:522-529.

John E. Tropman and John Strate. 1983. "Social Characteristics and Personal Opinion: Notes Toward a Theory," California Sociologist 6:23-28.

John Strate. 1983. "Political Systems and Defense," Politics and the Life Sciences 1:150-151.

James H. Schulz, Thomas D. Leavitt & John M. Strate. 1983. "The Incidence of Integration Provisions in Private Pension Plans," The Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance 9:399-407.

John C. Campbell and John M. Strate. 1981. "Are Old People
Conservative?" The Gerontologist 21:580-591.

Courses taught by John Strate

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022