Public Management

Our research interests in the field of public management include:

  • The political environment surrounding public organizations
  • Public organizations’ relationships with citizens, organized interests, elected officials, legal institutions, private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and other public organizations
  • Government accountability and performance
  • The structure and design of public organizations and public policy implementation regimes
  • Organizational strategy, decision making and leadership in public organizations
  • Public employee motivation, job satisfaction and other work-related attitudes
  • Governmental reform and organizational change
  • Administrative rule making, policy implementation and service delivery, administrative law, and government procurement and outsourcing

Faculty Members

Claudia N. Avellaneda
Associate Professor
(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
(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
(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
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 343

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

Ashley Clark
Clinical Assistant Professor
(812) 855-4517
Eigenmann 210-S

  • Survey Methodology
  • Human Resource Management Including Management of Contingent Employees
  • Positive Organizational Scholarship

Sameeksha Desai
Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies
(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

Sergio Fernandez
Director, Ph.D. Programs in Public Affairs and Public Policy
(812) 855-2457 (Ph.D. Programs) or (812) 855-4944 (Faculty)
SPEA 449

  • Public management and organization theory, with a focus on employee empowerment, representative bureaucracy in the U.S. and South Africa, organizational change and innovation, public sector leadership, and government outsourcing

Burnell C. Fischer
Clinical Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-0441
513 N. Park Ave., Ostrom Workshop

  • Forestry, particularly community and urban forest management practices and policies
  • Natural resource governance and policy
  • Silviculture and growth and development of Central Hardwood forest stands

Beth Gazley
Director, Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program and SPEA-Connect Online MPA Program
(812) 855-1464

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

Paul Helmke
Director, Civic Leaders Center
(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
(812) 855-2840
Masters Program Office, SPEA Suite 260

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

Leslie Lenkowsky
Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropy
(812) 855-4072
SPEA 327

  • Nonprofits and public policy
  • Civil society in comparative perspective
  • Institutional grant-makers
  • Volunteering and civic engagement
  • Education and social welfare policy
  • Social entrepreneurship

Antonette McCaster
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 328

  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Audit
  • Information Systems
  • Financial Reporting
  • Budgeting

Michael McGuire
Executive Associate Dean
(812) 855-5058
SPEA 300

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

Sean Nicholson-Crotty
(812) 855-0563
SPEA 325

  • Public Management
  • Federalism and IGR
  • Comparative State Policy

Frank L. Nierzwicki, Jr.
Clinical Assistant Professor
(812) 855-4944

  • 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

James L. Perry
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
(812) 856-2984

  • Public Service Motivation
  • Government and Civil Service Reform
  • Public Management
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • National And Community Service
  • Performance-Related Pay
  • Public Organizational Behavior

Orville Powell
Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-4944

  • Local government and the United States Constitution

Thomas M. Rabovsky
Assistant Professor
(812) 855-5008
SPEA 451

  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy

Kenneth R. Richards
(812) 855-4944

  • Domestic and International Climate Change Policy
  • Environmental Policy Implementation
  • Carbon Sequestration Economics and Law
  • Energy Law
  • U.S. Forest Service Organizational Design and Management

Amanda Rutherford
Assistant Professor
(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

Daniel Simon
Associate Professor
(812) 856-0492
SPEA 231

  • Competition and Firm Strategy
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Policy Analysis

Henry K. Wakhungu
Senior Lecturer
(812) 855-9820
SPEA 427

  • Development of growth simulation models for sustainable management of indigenous community forests
  • Experimental designs in tropical forestry research
  • Service-learning research
  • Classroom action research on student active learning via group research projects in undergraduate introductory statistical techniques courses
  • How pre-service teachers conceptualize mathematics (philosophically) indexed with their beliefs and conceptions about mathematics learning and teaching

Lois Recascino Wise
Professor Emeritus
(812) 855-7980

  • Public management
  • Comparative public administration
  • Employment policies and practices
  • Work motivation