Department of Public Administration and Policy
BA Political Science (Honors), University of Oklahoma - May 2014 BA French (Honors), University of Oklahoma - May 2014
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, and governance issues, often related to interactions between the state and disadvantaged or underrepresented communities. Within public administration, management, and governance, Brandon has intersecting sub-field research interests in (1) contracting, especially issues for under-served groups that may arise in the externalization or privatization of public services; (2) the theory, application, and evaluation of representative bureaucracy; and, (3) diversity management in both the public and non-profit sectors, as well as in collaborative governance/contracting regimes.
Ranallo-Benavidez is currently producing research utilizing an original, self-created data set of states' contracting decisions in re child welfare and social services, particularly investigating these decisions as "administrative burden" following the Supreme Court's decision nationalizing marriage equality for LGBTQ couples.
Ranallo-Benavidez is also currently writing a manuscript--utilizing the case study of men of color, sexual orientation, and the CDC's response to the spread of HIV/AIDS--underscoring the need for a more refined theory and application of representative bureaucracy that fully incorporates the nuances of intersectionality.
In addition to his research, Ranallo-Benavidez's dedication to teaching and mentoring students has been reinforced during his PhD studies. He was afforded the selective opportunity to tutor microeconomics, statistics, quantitative methods, and econometrics courses. Additionally, Brandon was privileged to be selected by his Department to be an adjunct instructor of record for the Spring 2017 undergraduate "Introduction to Public Administration and Governance" course.
These experiences have solidified Ranallo-Benavidez's commitment to his research as well as his teaching and mentoring.