The Department of Public Management and Policy prepares future leaders of public and nonprofit organizations and future scholars in public policy and administration. Talented, enthusiastic professors teach students the political and economic contexts in which public and nonprofit organizations operate as well as the theoretical and practical tools they need to succeed in the public sector.
U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RANKINGS
- No. 23, Best Graduate School
- No. 4, Public Finance & Budgeting
- No. 12, Nonprofit Management
- No. 12, City Management & Urban Policy
- No. 24, Public Policy Analysis
- No. 26, Public Management & Administration
Students at the Andrew Young School study with nationally and internationally known faculty and gain experience at our renowned research centers. We emphasize advanced training in the latest theoretical knowledge, quantitative techniques, research methodology and empirical evidence.
The Department of Public Management and Policy faculty has been ranked the fifth most prolific for publishing in public administration journals over the past decade.
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Our location in Atlanta – a hub for federal, state, and local governments as well as local, national, and international nonprofits – provides outstanding service-learning and internship opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.
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Our alumni often remain engaged, playing active and important roles in our students’ exposure to policy-related careers. Many of our alumni remain involved with the school as mentors, volunteers and board members. Read some of their stories on our alumni pages!
Our faculty share a unique entrepreneurial approach to policy scholarship and research, providing rigorous academic training and relevant practical experiences for our students.
Our doctorate students are actively engaged in research and scholarship in many areas of public policy. Read their bios to learn more about their work.
“The daily challenge for any newer city is to prioritize efforts, keep departments moving in the same direction towards organizational goals and build consensus to manage growth pressures.”
Alumna Samantha Abell, city manager for Gautier, Mississippi
The Department of Economics is ranked No. 10 in the U.S. and No. 23 in the world based on publications in the top 10 regional science journals over the period 2010-2014. In the same ranking, Professor David Sjoquist is ranked as No. 27 in the U.S. and No. 57 in the world. (Rickman and Winters, 2016, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/grow.12152/full).
The Department of Economics is ranked No. 10 in the U.S. and No. 23 in the world based on publications in the top 10 regional science journals over the period 2010-2014. In the same ranking, Professor David Sjoquist is ranked as No. 27 in the U.S. and No. 57 in the world. (Rickman and Winters, 2016,http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/grow.12152/full).
Based on an analysis of scholarly output, the Department of Economics is ranked among the top five economics departments in the U.S. South—having moved up 22 positions between 2001 and 2011 (Mixon and Upadhyaya, 2016,http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13504851.2016.1145344)
Debra Kibbe, senior research associate (Georgia Health Policy Center-GHPC), was recognized as a “Health Hero” by HealthMpowers for her hard work and dedication to the Georgia Department of Public Health Healthy Schools Summit. The “Health Hero” recognition celebrates people that are creating a culture of health for children. GHPC partners with HealthMpowers on Gov. Deal’s SHAPE initiative and recently hosted the Healthy Schools Summit on Oct. 15, 2015. Kibbe (left) is pictured here receiving the “Health Hero” award from HealthMpowers President Christi Kay.
The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) recently awarded its first round of research stipends to Josh Hinkle, assistant professor (Criminal Justice and Criminology), and Chrystina Hoffman, doctoral student (Criminal Justice & Criminology), for their joint proposal to assess “The Impact of Policing Strategies on Officer Job Satisfaction.” Hinkle received a $2,000 faculty stipend for the 2016 spring semester. Hoffman received two $3,000 stipends to use for the 2016 spring and summer semesters.
Rahul Pathak, doctoral student in Public Policy & Management, received the Georgia Fiscal Management Council’s annual scholarship of $1,000. Pathak is also a graduate research assistant with the Fiscal Research Center.
Emefa Sewordor, doctoral student (Public Management and Policy), was selected as a 2016 American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellow, a program that recognizes outstanding students and new professionals (within three years of their graduation) in the field of public service and public administration.
Shelby Frost, clinical associate professor (Economics), was recently elected as a Center Representative to the 2016 Executive Committee of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE). Frost served as chair of the NAEE Technology Committee for several years now.
Amanda Phillips-Martinez, senior research associate (Georgia Health Policy Center), was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator regarding the operation, selection and funding of migrant health centers. As one of the council’s 15 members, Phillips-Martinez will serve through November 2018.
No. 24, Public Policy Analysis
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