Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Rosemary O'Leary's research centers on public management and public policy with a focus on collaboration as a leadership and management strategy.

Wescoe Hall, Room 4060M

Dorothy Daley's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public health policy, bureaucratic politics, public participation, and collaborative decision-making.

Blake Hall, Room 322

Sarah Deer's (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) scholarship to end violence against women focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights - she was named as a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060M

Alesha Doan's research is guided by her interests in public policy, organizations, and gender/social equity, with a focus on the development, adoption, and implementation of reproductive policies.

Charles Epp
University Distinguished Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060R

Chuck Epp’s teaching and research focuses on law, social change and administrative reform, with a particular emphasis on rights and racial discrimination.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060Q

Jacob Fowles' research interests are in the areas of education policy and finance, municipal finance and financial management.


Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060S

Heather Getha-Taylor's research interests center on the intersection between human resource management and collaborative governance.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060N

Holly Goerdel’s research focuses on public management, security governance, and the effects of privatization on democracy.


Associate Vice Chancellor, Edwards Campus, Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Marilu Goodyear specializes in organizational analysis, organizational change, managing information and technology and public management.

Alfred Tat Kei Ho
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060U

Alfred Tat Kei Ho's research and teaching interests focus on state and local budgeting, performance budgeting and management, citizen participation, and e-government.

Director, Public Management Center and Lecturer, School of Public Affairs and Administration
Wescoe Hall, Room 4055

Laura Howard's work focuses on building alliances to develop and sustain human services, and she became a known strategist, expert in state financing, and cross-systems collaborator.

Associate Professor
Snow Hall

Bonnie Johnson's research interests include civic bureaucracy, staff reports, television and citizen participation, planners working with city managers, and planning history and theory.

Rachel Krause
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060P

Rachel Krause’s research focuses on urban sustainability, particularly the adoption, diffusion, impacts of local environmental and energy policies.

Assistant Professor
Snow Hall

Ward Lyles' interests center on interactions of humans, natural environments, and built environments, with attention to increasing sustainability and compassion through decision-making.

Bradley Lane
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2019

Bradley Lane’s research interests focus on the effects of different incentives and interventions on sustainability in transportation.

Professor, Director, Institute for Policy and Social Research (IPSR)

Steven Maynard-Moody's research interests include social and environmental justice in the green impact zone.

Snow Hall, Room 203

Kirk McClure's teaching and research examines housing market behavior and evaluates federal affordable housing programs.  He has served as a scholar in residence at HUD.

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060L

Ben Merriman's research examines issues like immigration, election law, and environmental protection, and whether the adaptive use of administrative structures can resolve policy conflicts.

 Shannon Portillo
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060T

Shannon Portillo's research interests include social equity, organizational theory and legal mobilization with a focus on how rules and policies are carried out within public organizations. 

Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Reggie Robinson's research interests include administrative law, local government management, public management and leadership, and voting rights law and policy.  

Snow Hall

Stacey Swearingen White's teaching and research interests focus on sustainability and environmental planning, with a recent emphasis on conditions that impel sustainability innovation. 

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Ranked in the top 10 master of public affairs programs in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 in the nation for city management and urban policy

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#5 in the nation for public management

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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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