Bill Horner

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Working Title
Teaching Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies
People Type
615 Locust Street
Research Emphasis

Dr. Horner’s research interests include Missouri politics, American politics, the American Presidency, the media's coverage of politics, and the impact of entertainment media on politics.


William T. Horner (Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies) has been with the department since 2001. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Department of Government at the University of Texas in 1999. He received a Master’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 1990, where he majored in Radio, Television and Film. He is a 2013 recipient of the University of Missouri’s Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. 

Courses Taught
  • American Government
  • State and Local Government
  • Interest Groups
  • Politics and the Media
  • The American Presidency
  • Politics and Hollywood
  • Judicial Process
  • Introduction to Political Research
Selected Publications

Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election: A New Voice Enters Campaign Politics, by William T. Horner and M. Heather Carver, 2018, McFarland

Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, with James Endersby.  2016. University of Missouri Press.

Ohio's Kingmaker: Mark Hanna, Man and Myth. 2010. Ohio University Press.

Showdown in the Show Me State: The Long Fight over Conceal and Carry in Missouri. 2005. University of Missouri Press.

Additional Publications