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SPA's Department of Public Administration & 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.

Doctoral Students

Catherine Bampoky

Catherine Bampoky is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include global health governance and health policy-making in developing countries, specifically

  cb4960a@american.edu

Zachary Bauer

Zachary Bauer is a PhD student and the Charles Levine Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include collaborativ

  zb5144a@american.edu

Kari Dalane

Kari Dalane is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interest is education policy. Prior to enrolling at American University, Kari worked in schools for f

  kd5010a@american.edu

Jourdan Davis

Jourdan Davis is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include long-term care, aging-related policy, and public engage

  jd5530b@american.edu

Meghan Doughty

Meghan Doughty is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs at American University and a former Research Assistant at the National Institute of Ju

  md9077a@american.edu

James Gordon

James Gordon is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include environmental economics and policy, health and human capital, and public finance. Ja

  james.gordon@american.edu

Michael Hatch

Michael Hatch is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests concern health and social policy, particularly the intersection of food insecurity an

Beth Hawks

Beth Hawks is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include health care policy, specifically Medicare and long-term care policy. Prior to her studies at

  bh5057a@american.edu

Ene Ikpebe

Ene Ikpebe is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her interests include the development and implementation of primary and higher education policy, especiall

  ei3567a@american.edu

Alberto Jacinto

Alberto Jacinto is a first year phd student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include education and health policy, race/ethnicity and

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Mariam Khan

Mariam Khan is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration & Policy. Her research interests are in the areas of labor, education, workforce development, and health. While p

  mk8335a@american.edu

Minjung Kim

Minjung Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, and race and diversity.

  mk5083a@american.edu

Aeric Koerner

Aeric Koerner is a current doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His Interests include health policy, contracting and privatization, and social

  ak5020a@american.edu

Edward Malone Adjunct Instructor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Ned Malone (BA, UNC-Chapel Hill; MPA, American University) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include human resources management, the theo

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Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez Adjunct Instructor

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests center on public administration, public management, an

  br9229a@american.edu

Wallis Romzek

Wallis Romzek is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include the economic, social, and administrative implications of smart city initiatives, pa

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Joseph Shaffer

Joseph's primary area of study is in nonprofit organizations, specifically foundations. He is also interested in public administration theory and philosophy. Prior to attending American University he

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Richard Takacs

Rich Takacs is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests center on urban policy issues including affordable housing,

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Sarah Towne Adjunct Instructor

Current PhD Student in School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy Concentration in Public Human Resources Management, Gender and Family Policy

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Long Tran

Long H. Tran is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. He also teaches the Math and Statistics Boot Camp for incoming MPP/MPA students. His resea

  lt5156a@american.edu

Rui Wang

Rui Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include public administration, policy analysis, and international devel

  rw3515a@american.edu

Fei Wang

Fei Wang is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include privatization, collaborative governance, contract management, and

  fw9435a@american.edu

Taylor Wellman

Taylor Novak Wellman is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at AU. Her research interests include K-12 education, environmental impacts on decisions to pursue hig

  tw5062a@american.edu

Carley Weted

Carley Weted is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include investigations of environmental factors with effects on

  cw3677a@american.edu

James Wright

James Wright II is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research explores how race, gender and social equity intersects with public admini

  jw5069a@american.edu

PhD Students on the Market

Students discussing topics with Professor Bradley Hardy

SPA's Public Administration and Policy doctoral students are equipped with impactful skills in the fields of public administration and public policy.

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