Dr. K. Jurée Capers is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University and a faculty affiliate with the Georgia Policy Labs. Her research focuses on social and racial equity at the intersection of public administration, policy implementation, and race and ethnic politics. She often combines organizational theories, representation, and bureaucratic politics research, to explain the factors that influence bureaucrats’ decision making and the implications of this process for historically marginalized populations. Substantively, her research centers on social policy issues, particularly education.
A second line of research explores the policy implications of ethnic diversity and bias within racial groups. Specifically, it probes how and why African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino immigrants differ from U.S.-born Blacks in their decision making, policy attitudes, and political experiences. Currently, she is developing a multi-city project to examine how race, ethnicity, and immigrant-status affect bureaucrats’ responsiveness to newcomers and immigrants’ political responses to such interactions. Other topics of interest and research include higher education governance and management and school desegregation.
Her research has appeared in the American Review of Public Administration, the International Journal of Public Management, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Urban Review, and various other academic venues. Jurée has received numerous fellowships for her scholarship on education policy and disparities among racial and ethnic groups as well.
Dr. Capers holds a PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University, and she is a 2008 graduate of Winthrop University, holding degrees in psychology and political science.