Research Overview

Faculty members in the School of Public Administration and the school’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management conduct research that is problem-oriented, theory-driven and interdisciplinary. They strive to study issues that are relevant to diverse stakeholders, including practitioners in local, regional, statewide, national and international organizations, and scholars in public administration, planning, research administration and nonprofit management. The faculty’s research serves as a fulcrum to challenge both practitioners and scholars to strengthen communities.

Research Interests

Sanam Aksha, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Public Administration

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  • Social Vulnerability
  • Disasters
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Risk Assessment
Seongho An, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Nonprofit Management

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  • Online and offline nonprofit advocacy and social change
  • Digital technology and nonprofit management
  • Collaboration between public and private sectors
Thomas Bryer, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

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  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Ethics
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Collaborative Governance
Deborah Carroll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director

Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

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  • Government Finance & Fiscal Policy
  • State & Local Government Taxation
  • Urban Economic Development
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
Maritza Concha, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Nonprofit Management

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  • Service partnerships
  • Evaluations of social services tailored to hard to reach populations
  • Culturally responsive evaluation practices
Claire Connolly Knox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor amd Emergency Management and Homeland Security Academic Program Coordinator

Public Administration

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  • Emergency Management
  • Critical Theory
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.,GISP

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Hazards Geography
  • Social Vulnerability
  • Disaster Recovery & Resilience
  • Emergency Management Decision Support
  • Geospatial Information Science
Roberta Fennessy, M.S.

Instructor

Public Administration

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  • Urban Planning and Development
Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Local Governance & Collective Action in Metropolitan Area
  • Inter-local Collaboration for Issues of Urban Sustainability & Economic Development
  • Capacity & Structure of Political Institutions on Urban Policy
  • Urban Resiliency & Environmental Management
Yue "Gurt" Ge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Emergency Management and Policy
  • Urban Resilience Policy
  • Survey Methods
  • Statistical Modeling
Jeremy Hall, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration

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  • Public Sector Performance
  • Public Policy Processes
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Sector Capacity
  • Local & Regional Economic Development
Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Local Governance & Collective Action in Metropolitan Area
  • Inter-local Collaboration for Issues of Urban Sustainability & Economic Development
  • Capacity & Structure of Political Institutions on Urban Policy
  • Urban Resiliency & Environmental Management
Qian Hu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Collaborative Governance
  • Organizational Network Studies
  • Strategic Management
  • Policy Informatics & E-governance
Xi Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Immigration Policy
  • Migrant Integration
  • Urban Development
  • Policy Analysis & Evaluation
Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor and School Director

Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

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  • Collaborative Governance
  • Network Analysis
  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • Comparative Public Policy and Management
  • Leadership
Stephanie Krick, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer

Public Administration

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  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Program Evaluation
  • Leadership
Sarah Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Policy
  • Statistics
  • Local and State Government
Young-joo Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator

Nonprofit Management

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  • Nonprofit management
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership and governance
  • Organizational publicness
  • Workplace diversity
Kuotsai Tom Liou, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration

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  • Public Organization Management
  • Public Program Evaluation
David Mitchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Local Government Management
  • Implementation
  • Strategic Management
  • Public Budgeting
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Public Policy
Suzette Myser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Financial Management
Melvin Rogers, M.S.

Associate Instructor

Public Administration

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  • Human Resource Management
Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator

Public Administration and Public Policy

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  • Emergency Management
  • Terrorism Policy
Luis Santiago, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and MSURP Academic Program Coordinator

Public Administration

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  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Ecosystem Services Planning
  • Environmental Management and Policy
Daniel Stephens, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Public Administration

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  • Transportation
  • Public Policy
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Human Resource Management
Kelly Stevens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Energy & Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Management
  • Science & Technology Policy
Angela White-Jones, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Academic Program Coordinator

Research Administration

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  • Grant & Contract Management
  • Social Enterprises, NGOs & Community Values
  • Research Administration
  • Research Law
Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Migrant Resettlement and Integration
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • Accountability and Responsibility
Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Transportation Planning
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Traffic Safety
  • Disparity Issues in Planning
Staci Zavattaro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Social Media in Public Administration
  • Public Branding

Current/Recent Grants

The following list of grants and contracts represent amounts awarded to SPA faculty only. Those with an asterisk (*) are part of larger collaborations with faculty outside of SPA and therefore reflect only a portion of the full amount awarded.

New Awards

All of the following grants and contracts were awarded during the 2018-19 fiscal year:

2019 Orange County Capacity Building for Nonprofits
Orange County Board of County Commissioners
PI: Deborah A. Carroll, Ph.D., $50,000

Enabling Large-Scale Adaptive Integration of Technology Hubs to Enhance Community Resilience Through Decentralized Urban Food-Water-Energy Nexus Decision Support
Belmont Forum
Co-PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., $28,165

Enhancing Community Resilience to Floods: A Theoretical Framework of Community Participation in Federal Voluntary Programs
National Science Foundation
PI: Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Ph.D., $88,492

Puerto Rico Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment
Horne, LLP
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D. $27,720

Updates and Revisions to the Florida Public Health Risk Assessment Tool
Florida Department of Health
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D., $93,999
Co-PI: Yao Zhou, Ph.D., $5,000

Disaster Solutions Postdoc
Horne, LLP
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D., $43,966

Resilient Planning for the Future of the City of Rockledge
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
PI: Claire C. Knox, Ph.D., $11,000

Hurricane Irma Needs Assessment Updates and Amendments, 2nd Allocation
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D., $9,900

The Impact of a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax on Substitution of Natural Gas for Coal in the Electricity Sector
Alliance for Market Solutions
PI: Kelly Ann Stevens, Ph.D., $25,000
Co-PI: Deborah A. Carroll, Ph.D., $25,000

Socioeconomic Impacts of the Satellite Enhanced Snowmelt Flood Predictions in the Red River of the North Basin
University of New Hampshire
PI: Yue Ge, Ph.D., $13,231

Collaborative Research: Predicting Real-time Population Behavior during Hurricanes Synthesizing Data from Transportation Systems and Social Media
National Science Foundation
Co-PI: Claire C. Knox, Ph.D., $10,500

Hurricane Michael Impact Unmet Needs Assessments Allocation
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D., $18,462

Management Performance Review
Celebration Residential Owners Association, Inc.
PI: David M. Mitchell, Ph.D. $3,000

Hurricane Michael Impacts and Unmet Needs in Bay County, FL
Hagerty Consulting, Inc.
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D., $5,817

Community- Based Resiliency in New Smyrna Beach
East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
PI: Claire C. Knox, Ph.D., $5,000

Lake County Master Plan Study
Lake County
PI: Christopher V. Hawkins, Ph.D., $10,200
Co-PI: Roberta A. Fennessy, M.S., $9,900
Co-PI: Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D., 9,900

Continuing Awards

All of the following grants and contracts were awarded in a prior fiscal year, but involved work continued into the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Enhancement of the natural hazard response system in rural communities by benchmarking the U.S.A. hazard response systems*

Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea
Co-PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D. $47,250
Co-PI: Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D. $27,000