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.
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 the factors that shape the adoption and effectiven… More
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 Justice in the Violence Against American Indian and … More
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 and health outcomes. Prior to enrolling at American… 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
James Wright II is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research interests include the intersection of race within the constructs of organizations and institutions nested within the fiel… 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