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MPA Program Faculty


Dr. RangarajanDr. Nandhini Rangarajan

Director, Master of Public Administration 

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 351
Phone: 512.245.3285
Email: nr11@txstate.edu

B.A., M.P.A., University of Madras
Ph.D., State University of New York

Areas of Interest: Public Management, Organizational Creativity


Dr. Howard BalanoffDr. Howard Balanoff

Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of the William P Hobby Center for Public Service
Holder of the Hobby Professorship

Office: UAC 376
Phone: 512.245.3266
Email: hb02@txstate.edu

B.A., City University of New York
M.U.P, Ed.D., Texas A&M University

Areas of Interest: Personnel Administration, International and
Comparative Public Policy and Administration, Organizational Theory
and Behavior, Leadership and professional Development of Human Resources


Dr. Christopher BrownDr. Christopher Brown

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 345
Phone: 512.245.4404
Email: cb56@txstate.edu

B.A., Northwestern University
M.P.A., J.D., University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: Environmental and Natural Resources Law,
Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Law Related to Public
Administration


 

Dr. FieldsDr. Billy Fields

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 332
Phone: 512.245.7726
Email: wf16@txstate.edu

B.A. Trinity University
M.A. University of New Orleans
Ph.D. University of New Orleans

Areas of Interest;  place management, hazard mitigation, and sustainable transportation policy


 

Dr. Emily Hanks

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 348
Phone: 512.245.5608
Email: emily.hanks@txstate.edu

B.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University at San Marcos
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Interest: the nonprofit and voluntary sector, public values, applied communication, and public administration


 

 

Dr. LongoriaDr. Thomas Longoria

Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
Office: UAC 359
Phone: 512.245.6899
Email: tl28@txstate.edu

Areas of Interest:  Local Government Politics and Administration, Non-profit Management


 

Dr. RahmDr. Dianne Rahm

Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 374
Phone: 512.245.1565
Email: dr37@txstate.edu

B.A., M.A. Wichita State Univ.;
M.S. Fitchburg State College
Ph.D. Syracuse University

Areas of Interest: Environmental Policy, Energy Policy, Science & Technology Policy, Public Policy Formulation and Implementation, Public Administration


Dr. ShieldsDr. Patricia Shields


Professor of Political Science
Office: UAC 352
Phone: 512.245.6315
Email: ps07@txstate.edu

B.S., University of Maryland
M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

Areas of Interest: Civil Military Relations, Pragmatism of Public Administration


Dr. TajalliDr. Hassan Tajalli

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: UAC 377
Phone: 512.245.3284
Email: tajalli@txstate.edu

B.S., Iranian Institute of Advanced Accounting
M.B.A., M.A., Univ. N. Texas, Ph.D., UT Austin

Areas of Interest: Methodology, Statistics, Public Policy, American Foreign Policy