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Awards and Honors
Career Service Award, APSA Presidency and Executive Politics, 2012, “given every fourth (presidential election) year to recognize the body of significant research produced by a scholar of the Presidency and Executive Politics who has been active in promoting the field by contributing to the Presidency and Executive Politics section and to APSA"
Virginia Social Science Association Scholar Award in Political Science, 2008 [with Charles E. Walcott]
Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in Research, 2008, Phi Beta Kappa Mu of Virginia, Virginia Tech [with Charles Walcott, for Empowering the White House: Governance under Nixon, Ford, and Carter]
Empowering the White House: Governance under Nixon, Ford, and Carter (with Charles E. Walcott), Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004. [Named "An Outstanding Academic Title, 2004," Choice; winner Albert L. Sturm Award for Excellence in Faculty Research, Phi Beta Kappa, Mu of Virginia, 2008]
Governing the White House: From Hoover through LBJ (with Charles Walcott), Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1995. [Winner of Richard E. Neustadt Award for Best Book on the U.S. Presidency published in 1995, American Political Science Association Presidency Research Group, August 1996; named "An Outstanding Academic Book, 1996," Choice]
“The Chicago Clan: The First Chiefs of Staff in the Obama White House” (with David Cohen and Charles Walcott), Social Science Quarterly 93 (December 2012): 1101-1126.
“Civic Engagement and Internet Use in Local Governance: Hierarchical Linear Models for Understanding the Role of Local Community Groups” (with B. Joon Kim and Andrea Kavanaugh), Administration & Society 43 (October 2011): 807-835.
“Does Where You Stand Depend On Where You Sit? Careerists’ Attitudes toward Political Appointees under Reagan” (with Robert Maranto), American Review of Politics 31 (Summer 2010): 91-112.
“Varieties of Organizational Learning: Investigating Learning in Local Level Public Sector Organizations" (with MohanPokharel), Journal of Workplace Learning 22 (no. 4, 2010): 249-270.
Participant, “Design and Development of an Online Virginia State and Local Government Civic Education Module” (grant from Virginia Department of Education), 2011-12.
Faculty research grant, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2006-07.
"Workways of Governance," Governance Institute, 2000-2004 (funded by Pew Charitable Trusts)
Hult’s recent public affairs activities include being an invited as a presidency scholar-in-residence at Clemson University in February 2013 and delivering an invited paper on the administrative presidency at a symposium on “Understanding Richard Nixon: His Era,” at the Nixon Presidential Library in July 2011. Hult has also served as an election night analyst on the National Public Radio affiliate WVTF, and she speaks with journalists about the U.S. presidency and about Virginia politics and government.
Organizational and Institutional Theory
The U.S. Presidency
Executive Branch Bureaucracies
The U.S. Judiciary
State and Local Politics
Chair of the Department of Political Science
Chair of the Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech
Congress and the Presidency, Editorial Board Member
Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Editorial Board Member
Edwards Best Dissertation Award Committee (former Chair)