Director, School of Public Affairs and Administration
Snow Hall

Stacey Swearingen White's teaching and research interests focus on sustainability and environmental policy and planning, with a recent emphasis on conditions that impel sustainability innovation.

Wescoe Hall, Room 4060M

Dorothy Daley's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public health policy, bureaucratic politics, public participation, and collaborative decision-making.

Assistant Professor
Wescoe, Room 4060

Brandon Davis’ research focuses on American Politics and Race and Ethnicity, with a focus on normative and empirical approaches to institutions, participation, and criminal justice. 

University Distinguished Professor
Blake Hall, Room 322

Sarah Deer's (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) scholarship to end violence against women focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights - she was named as a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.

Professor School of Public Affairs & Administration; Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060M

Alesha Doan's research is guided by her interests in public policy, organizations, and gender/social equity, with a focus on the development, adoption, and implementation of reproductive policies.

Charles Epp
University Distinguished Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060R

Chuck Epp’s teaching and research focuses on law, social change and administrative reform, with a particular emphasis on rights and racial discrimination.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060Q

Jacob Fowles' research interests are in the areas of education policy and finance, municipal finance and financial management.


Wescoe Hall, Room 4060S

Heather Getha-Taylor’s research focuses on public and nonprofit management with a specific emphasis on human resource management, collaboration, and public service leadership. 

Photograph of Donna Ginther
Affiliate Professor, Professor, Economics, Director, Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy
Snow Hall, Room 333

Donna Ginther's major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children's educational attainments.

Wescoe Hall, Room 4060N

Professor Goerdel is currently on leave. 

Holly Goerdel’s research focuses on public management, security governance, and the effects of privatization on democracy.


Assistant Professor

Hye-Sung Han’s research concerns housing abandonment and foreclosures, housing and community development, and housing policy. 

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Marilu Goodyear's work focuses on innovation, organizational change, cybersecurity workforce development, and public management. 

Director, Urban Planning Program, Associate Professor
Snow Hall

Bonnie Johnson's research interests include civic bureaucracy, staff reports, television and citizen participation, planners working with city managers, and planning history and theory.

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060P

Rachel Krause’s research focuses on urban sustainability, particularly the adoption, diffusion, impacts of local environmental and energy policies.

Associate Professor
Snow Hall, Room 217

Bradley Lane’s interest centers on the effect of the adoption and diffusion of changing technologies on the sustainability of transportation.

Associate Professor
Snow Hall

Ward Lyles' interests center on interactions of humans, natural environments, and built environments, with attention to increasing sustainability and compassion through decision-making.

Steven Maynard-Moody's research interests include social and environmental justice in the green impact zone.

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Snow Hall

Joel Mendez's research and teaching interests lie in the intersection between transportation, economic development, and social justice. 

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060L

Ben Merriman's research examines issues like immigration, election law, and environmental protection, and whether the adaptive use of administrative structures can resolve policy conflicts.

Director, Public Management Center
785 864-6864
Wescoe, Room 4060

Deb is excited to return to her native Kansas as the director of the KU Public Management Center. 

Professor Emeritus
4060 Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

John Nalbandian's research interests focus on community building and professionalism in local government as well as in human resources management.

Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060

Rosemary O'Leary's research focuses on public administration, public management, collaboration, conflict resolution, environmental and natural resources management, and public law.

Affiliate Professor

John Pierce's research has primarily focused on various dimensions of the role of citizens in democratic politics.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060T

Shannon Portillo's research interests include social equity, organizational theory and legal mobilization with a focus on how rules and policies are carried out within public organizations. 

Affiliate Professor

Larry Schroeder’s research interests focus on public finance, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and decentralized governance, particularly in developing countries.

Photograph of Hannes Zacharias
Robert A. Kipp Professor of Practice in Local Government Management and Urban Policy

Hannes Zacharias has some 40 years of experience in administering government at the Federal, State, County and local level.  Hannes’ career in public service began in 1979 as Asst.