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SPA's PhD curriculum is designed to provide doctoral students with the skills to effect immediate impact.

With expertise spanning public management, global health governance, regulatory policy and more, our PhD candidates bring the research competency and academic rigor to their respective fields and educate the next generation of public affairs leaders.

Public Administration PhD Students

Jourdan Davis Adjunct Instructor

Jourdan Davis is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include behavioral public administration, equity, equality and fai

  jd5530b@american.edu

Ene Ikpebe

Ene Ikpebe is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests include the design and implementation of policies that address child marriage and its impacts

  ei3567a@american.edu

Minjung Kim Adjunct Instructor

Minjung Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, civic engagement, phil

  mk5083a@american.edu

Aeric Koerner Adjunct Instructor

Aeric Koerner is a doctoral candidate in American University’s Department of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests include public management, health policy, and contracting and priv

  aeric.koerner@american.edu

Austin McCrea Adjunct Instructor

Austin McCrea is a doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. He is a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Board for International Public Management Journal and recipie

  am3471a@american.edu

Lilli Shaffer Adjunct Instructor

Lilliandra's primary area of study is in nonprofit organizations, specifically foundations. She is also interested in public administration theory and philosophy. Prior to attending American Universit

  js4358a@american.edu

Rui Wang Adjunct Instructor

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 Adjunct Instructor

Fei Wang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Her research interests include public-private comparisons, theories of motivation, government

  fw9435a@american.edu

Carley Weted Adjunct Instructor

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

Justice, Law & Criminology PhD Students

Hillary Mellinger Instructor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Hillary Mellinger is an instructor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology. Her academic interests include comparative asylum / refugee law and policy, the criminalization of migration, and

  hillary.mellinger@american.edu

Recent PhD Job Placements

James Wright and Meghan Doughty

James Wright II is a 3rd year Doctoral Candidate. His research explores how different institutional and organizational behaviors impact goals and outcomes, primarily for people of color. He also studies the ways in which organizations/managers in various sectors tackle internal and external pressures related to collaboration, representation, performance, and accountability. In the Fall, James will be joining Florida State University's Reubin O'D Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

Meghan Doughty will be joining the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in the Fall of 2018. She is excited to continue her research on the effect of public administration and policy on vulnerable and marginalized populations under the auspices of Evergreen's Master of Public Administration. Evergreen's MPA program focuses on training students to be the change they wish to see in the world with three concentrations in tribal governance, public and nonprofit administration, and public policy. Meghan will be teaching Ethics in Public Service and team-teaching The Context of Public Administration PNAPP in the Fall Quarter.