Governance & Public Law

We examine the institutions and function of democracy. Our interests include:

  • Relationships among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government
  • The legal framework for governance, policy development and implementation
  • Dynamics across public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • The use of technology in governance
  • The emergence of collaborative structures for managing resources
  • Intergovernmental relations, federalism, collaborative governance, dispute resolution, and dialogue and deliberation

Faculty Members

Lisa Blomgren Amsler
Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service

lbingham@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4556
SPEA 333

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Comparative Governance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute System Design
  • Mediation
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and Employment Law

Claudia N. Avellaneda
Associate Professor

cavellan@indiana.edu
(812) 856-9026
SPEA 453

  • Public Management and Governance in Developing Countries
  • Local Governments in Latin America
  • Comparative Public Policy and Policymaking
  • Latin American Politics
  • International Development

A. James Barnes
Professor

barnesaj@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0732
SPEA 417

  • Environmental Law
  • Domestic and International Environmental Policy
  • Ethics and the Public Official
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Law and Public Policy

Jennifer N. Brass
Assistant Professor

brassj@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1460
SPEA 457

  • African Politics
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Energy and International Development
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Governance
  • Civil Society
  • Political Economy of Development

Beth Cate
Clinical Associate Professor

becate@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 343

  • Data governance and regulation
  • Intellectual property
  • Constitutional law and Supreme Court decision making
  • Religion in public life and governance

Daniel H. Cole
Professor

dancole@indiana.edu
(812) 855-2426
Law Building 245; Ostrom Workshop I, 200

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Economics
  • Property and Polish Law

Sameeksha Desai
Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies

desai@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4647
SPEA 215

  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development policy
  • Political economy and allocation of entrepreneurship in areas of political instability, conflict, and disaster
  • Postconflict reconstruction
  • Social entrepreneurship

John D. Graham
Dean

grahamjd@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1432
SPEA 300

  • Government reform
  • Energy and the environment
  • The future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries
  • Presidential studies

Paul Helmke
Director, Civic Leaders Center

phelmke@indiana.edu
(812) 855-2275
SPEA 447 and Briscoe A122

  • Mayoral leadership
  • Gun control
  • Urban issues
  • Law and public policy
  • Civic education and participation
  • Nonprofit leadership

David M. Konisky
Associate Professor

dkonisky@indiana.edu
(812) 855-6990
SPEA 345

  • Environmental politics and policy
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Public opinion on energy and climate change
  • State politics and policy

Michael McGuire
Executive Associate Dean

mcguirem@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5058
SPEA 300

  • Intergovernmental and Interorganizational Collaboration and Networks
  • Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Management

Andrea Need
Director, Undergraduate Academic Affairs

aneed@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0635
SPEA 260

  • Environmental Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Invasive Species
  • Environmental Impact of Shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway

Sean Nicholson-Crotty
Professor

seanicho@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 325

  • Public Management
  • Federalism and IGR
  • Comparative State Policy

Frank L. Nierzwicki, Jr.
Clinical Assistant Professor

fnierzwi@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4944
SPEA 375A

  • Civil engagement at the state and local level
  • Urban studies at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Community development and planning at the local level

Amanda Rutherford
Assistant Professor

aruther@indiana.edu
(812) 856-4647
SPEA 425

  • Public Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy and Analysis
  • Politics and Bureaucracy
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Race and Ethnic Politics
  • Education Policy

Anh Tran
Associate Professor

trananh@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 410J

  • Institutions and behavior of bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, and workers in developing countries