Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Political Science

Committee Chair(s)

Damon Cann


Sarah Gordon


Roberta Herzberg


Bioterrorism is not a new phenomenon and the issues that surround bioterrorism are complex. This paper focuses on the history of bioterrorism, its current threat in public view, and then applying a theory in which explains how those problems became issues in government. The paper starts by examining a historical account of bioterrorism. The history serves a purpose to discuss the ongoing developments and struggles of drafting legislation for an ongoing problem.

After a discussion of bioterrorism from a historical perspective, the paper examines the current threat or state of bioterrorism. This will lead into a discussion about John Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Theory and its application to bioterrorism policy. After a discussion about the theory, it will be applied to the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. This application will show that bioterrorism a complex issue and legislation surrounding bioterrorism is as equally as convoluted.


This work made publicly available electronically on November 5, 2012.