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. 25, Best Graduate School
- No. 5, Public Finance & Budgeting
- No. 10, Nonprofit Management
- No. 9, City Management & Urban Policy
- No. 22, Public Policy Analysis
- No. 19, 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.
CONNECTED TO ATLANTA
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
Janelle A. Kerlin was co-applicant with Hieu Ngo of the University of Calgary on the grant proposal, “Connection Grant for Promoting Vibrant Social Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia.” The grant was recently funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for $23,000.
The Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI), of which the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) is a leading partner, was awarded the Health Connect South Best Collaboration Award at the Health Connect South 2016 annual meeting on Sept. 21, 2016, in Atlanta. Led by the GHPC, United Way and the Atlanta Regional Commission, ARCHI has brought together more than 70 community partners committed to do their part to improve key indicators of health and well-being for all Atlantans.
Professor Emeritus Dennis Young received the Emerald 2016 Outstanding Paper Award from Emerald Group Publishing for “Can Social Enterprises Remain Sustainable and Mission-Focused? Applying Resiliency Theory” (Social Enterprise Journal).
The Southern Economic Journal in 2016 named “Provision versus Appropriation in Symmetric and Asymmetric Social Dilemmas” by economists James C. Cox, Vjollca Sadiraj and their co-authors as a top-cited paper in 2013 and 2014.
The London School of Economics ran a story about professor Paula Stephan’s (ECON) and her co-author’s paper, “HOW TO BOOST THE PHD LABOUR MARKET? FACTS FROM THE PHD SYSTEM SIDE.”
Clinical associate professors Grace O (ECON) and Shelby Frost (ECON) are leading the Department of Economics’ participation in a $515,000 grant received by Georgia State University through the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used over a 3-year period to accelerate the use of high-quality adaptive courseware that personalizes learning and improves undergraduate education. GSU was one of seven public universities to receive the grant.
Associate Professor Janelle Bassett Kerlin (PMAP-Nonprofit Studies) received the 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Social Enterprise Journal.
Associate Professor Cathy Yang Liu (PMAP) was appointed managing editor for the Journal of Urban Affairs, the official journal of the Urban Affairs Association that focuses on urban research and policy analysis. Liu is also editing the special issue, “Urban Transformation in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Economic Transitions, Institutions, and Development Policies.”
Professor Sally Wallace (ECON) was appointed associate editor of International Tax and Public Finance.
The Andrew Young School’s 2016 class of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows met President Barack Obama in the White House at the Presidential Summit for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative in August 2016. President Obama holds the summit to, in part, thank the program directors from the 40 participating universities, including Sharon Hill (PMAP).