SPA's Public Administration and Public Policy doctoral students are equipped with the skills to have immediate impact.
With expertise spanning public management, global health governance, regulatory policy and more, our PhD candidates bring the knowledge and action necessary to make great impact in the fields of public administration and public policy. Each of them are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of scholarship to new heights, educating the next generation of public affairs leaders, and researching the significant issues of the day.
Riordan Frost is a Public Administration PhD student in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research interests are urban sustainability, transportation, energy, and environmental policy. He received his Master's in Public Policy … More
Stephen B. Holt is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration at American University. His research focuses on public sector workforce dynamics, public organization performance, and education policy and administration. He is particularly interested in… More
Chengcheng (Aviva) Liu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Aviva has published two comparative studies focusing on US and Chinese governmental performance management, accountability, and tr… More
Rebecca Yurman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include regulatory policy, contract management and other issues in public management, federalism, and food safety policy. She is also an a… More
Raymond Zuniga is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His major research interests include higher education policy and issues concerning Latinos in the United States. Prior to his studies at American University, Ray w… More