Faculty and Staff

Kraus, Neil

Neil Kraus

Neil Kraus


Start Year: 2005

Politics, Geography and International Studies
Office: 355 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3318



Ph.D. - State University of NY-Albany
M.A. - State University of NY-Albany
B.A. - LeMoyne College-Syracuse, NY

Areas of Specialization

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Politics
  • Education Politics and Policy
  • Race and Politics
  • Public Administration
  • State and Local Politics
  • Criminal Justice Politics and Policy

Courses Taught

  • POLS 114 National, State & Local Government
  • POLS 200 Political Analysis
  • POLS 225 Public Administration
  • POLS 253 State & Local Politics
  • POLS 256 Public Policy Making
  • POLS 322 Politics of American Cities
  • POLS 359 Criminal Justice Politics and Policy

Neil Kraus has been at UWRF since 2005.  He teaches several courses in American politics and public policy, and specializes in urban politics and policies.  He is Department Chair, Pre-Law Advisor, as well as Chair of the International Studies Program. Professor Kraus has written three books: Majoritarian Cities: Policy Making and Inequality in Urban Politics (2013, University of Michigan Press), Race, Neighborhoods, and Community Power: Buffalo Politics, 1934-1997 (2000, State University of New York Press), and The Fantasy Economy: Neoliberalism, Inequality, and the Education Reform Movement (2023, Temple University Press), as well as several journal articles and book chapters on topics such as race and urban politics, education policy, inter-local cooperation, the politics of Presidential elections in Wisconsin, as well as the politics of voting regulation in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Professor Kraus is also a frequent contributor to local and regional news organizations, including as the author of several articles for The Cap Times and MinnPost. He is currently writing a book about economic inequality and education policy.