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Expert Additions: SPA’s New Scholars

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SPA Professor Daniel Fiorino
Executive-in-residence in DPAP Daniel Fiorino

SPA grows its scholarly capital this year with the addition of new faculty in all departments.


Executive-in-residence in DPAP Daniel Fiorino’s teaching, research, and writing focus on environmental policy and politics, the executive branch, and the role of analysis and innovation in policy making. At the EPA, he held a range of senior management and analytical positions. An elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Kristine Kalanges is a lawyer and scholar whose principal research interests include legal and political philosophy, as well as the intersection of law, religion, and politics in the United States and around the world. She is especially interested in religious freedom and the ways in which religious beliefs, practices, and histories condition legal and political institutional possibilities. The assistant professor in JLS holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in government, both from Georgetown.

Government assistant professor Jie Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion, and political participation. He works extensively with standardized sampling survey data and qualitative evidence compiled following the anthropological tradition. Dr. Lu holds a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.

Thomas W. Merrill, assistant professor of government, researches and teaches political philosophy, especially early modern political philosophy, bioethics, and public policy. He is completing a book manuscript on David Hume’s political philosophy, has published articles and reviews on a number of topics, and co-edited Human Dignity and Bioethics (Notre Dame Press). He has served as senior research analyst at the President’s Council on Bioethics and has taught at St. John’s College, Annapolis, as well as holding postdoctoral fellowships from the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard and the American Enterprise Institute.

DPAP assistant professor Stephanie Newbold specializes in the intellectual history of public administration, administrative ethics, the legal environment of public management, and organization theory. Dr. Newbold’s dissertation on Thomas Jefferson’s contribution to the development of American public administration received honorable mention from National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration’s in the Annual Dissertation Award and led to a book manuscript titled All But Forgotten (2010, SUNY Press).

DPAP assistant professor Edmund Stazyk’s research focuses on the application of organization theory and behavior to public management, public administration theory, and human resources issues. His primary interests are in the areas of organizational and individual performance with an emphasis on employee and public-service motivation. Dr. Stazyk holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Kansas.