H. Edward Flentje, Ph.D.

Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs


Full Vitae

Professor H. Edward Flentje's research concentrates on state government, state and local relations, and Kansas political history and culture. He has served as a consultant to state and local officials, including the Regional Economic Area Partnership.

Flentje joined the faculty of the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs in 1979 and was director at the school from 1999 to 2008.

Primary Teaching Areas

Public Decision Making; Public and Nonprofit Governance


  • Professor, Wichita State University, 1986-present
  • Associate Professor, Wichita State University, 1979-1986
  • Visiting Research Professor, Wichita State University, 1979
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley, Summer 1993
  • Lecturer, Political Science, University of Kansas, 1976
  • Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, 1975
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Political Science, Southern Illinois University, 1972-1974
  • Visiting Professor, Chicago City College, 1970-1971


  • Ph.D. political science, University of Kansas, 1970
  • M.A., government, George Washington University, 1965
  • B.S.E., math and physical science, Kansas State Teachers College, 1964

Recent Publications

H. Edward Flentje and Joseph Aistrup. Kansas Politics and Government: The Clash of Political Cultures. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

Glenn W. Fisher, H. Edward Flentje, W. Bartley Hildreth, and John D. Wong, "Sizing Up Kansas Public Finance," Kansas Policy Review 29 (Spring 2007) 1, 13-21.

H. Edward Flentje and W. Bartley Hildreth, "Fiscal Trends in Kansas: Taxing, Spending, and Borrowing," Kansas Policy Review 28 (Spring 2006) 1, 21-30.