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SPA's 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.

Public Administration PhD 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

James Gordon Adjunct Instructor

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

  jg0490a@american.edu

Michael Hatch Adjunct Instructor

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

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez Adjunct Instructor

Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Brandon’s research agenda is animated by the questions: “How does using

  br9229a@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

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.