Local Governance

We research local governments and their community partners—a critical foundation of democracies that affects the everyday life of citizens.

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

Shahzeen Z. Attari
Assistant Professor

sattari@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1467
SPEA 347

  • Human behavior and resource use
  • Environmental psychology
  • Social dilemmas

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

Matthew Baggetta
Associate Professor

baggettm@indiana.edu
(812) 855-2783
SPEA 435

  • Civil Society
  • Voluntary Associations
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Capital

Beth Gazley
Director, Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program and SPEA-Connect Online MPA Program

bgazley@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1464
SPEA A319 in the O'Neill Center

  • Public and nonprofit management
  • Associations
  • Intersectoral relations
  • Collaboration
  • Volunteerism

Kirsten Grønbjerg
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

kgronbj@indiana.edu
(812) 855-3648
SPEA 300

  • Nonprofit and public sector relationships
  • Scope and community dimensions of the Indiana nonprofit sector
  • American welfare system, nonprofit funding relations, and nonprofit data sources

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

Robert Kravchuk
Professor

kravchuk@indiana.edu
(812) 856-7888
SPEA 331

  • Public Finance
  • Macro-budgeting
  • Public Debt Markets
  • U.S. Defense Department Procurement Management
  • Political Economy of Reform in Formerly Socialist Countries

Mark M. Levin
Clinical Associate Professor

levin2@indiana.edu
(812) 855-6989
SPEA 375B

  • Local government management
  • Economic development
  • Ethics

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

Sarah Mincey
Academic Specialist

skmincey@indiana.edu
(812) 855-8745
MSBII 134

  • Natural resource management and policy
  • Social-ecological systems
  • Urban and community forestry
  • Applied ecology
  • Collective action
  • Institutional analysis

Sean Nicholson-Crotty
Director, Ph.D. Programs in Public Affairs and Public Policy

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

Justin Ross
Associate Professor

justross@indiana.edu
(812) 856-7559
SPEA 375E

  • State and local public finance topics
  • Property taxes
  • Property assessment
  • Local income taxes
  • Zoning, local governance coordination, and tax amnesty programs

Barry M. Rubin
Professor

rubin@indiana.edu
(812) 855-4556
SPEA 329

  • Urban and regional economic development and impact analysis
  • State-level energy policy analysis and modeling
  • State-level impacts of global climate change
  • Quantitative analysis of local government management and labor relations issues
  • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • Econometric modeling
  • Strategic planning and management

Michael Rushton
Professor

mirushto@iu.edu
(812) 855-2947
Bryan Hall 210

  • Cultural economics, policy and administration
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tax policy
  • Current research concerns cultural districts and tax policy towards nonprofit organizations and charitable donations

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

Jeffrey R. White
Professor

whitej@indiana.edu
(812) 856-0084
MSBII 412

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Aquatic Chemistry
  • Limnology

Joanna Woronkowicz
Assistant Professor

jworonko@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0401
SPEA 415

  • Nonprofit management
  • Urban development
  • Cultural policy
  • Capital facilities investments
  • Applied econometrics
  • Survey methods