Walden’s School of Public Policy and Administration features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience who share a commitment to teaching. They blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices.

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Academic Leadership

Mark Gordon, Ph.D., Walden University; M.A., St. Mary’s University of Minnesota; B.A., University of Central Florida
Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Administration  
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Nailah Brock, Ph.D., Howard University; MPA, George Mason University; B.A., Hampton University
Program Director, Bachelor’s Programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration  
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Ronald Craig, Ph.D., Michigan State University; M.A., Western Illinois University; B.A., Rust College
Program Director, Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs   
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George Larkin, Ph.D., M.U.R.P., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; B.A., Concord College
Program Director, Doctoral Programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration

Jason Lum, J.D., University of California, Berkeley; MPP, Harvard University; B.A., Washington University
Interim Program Director, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Dana-Marie Thomas, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.T.H.M., Temple University; B.S., Morgan State University
Program Coordinator, School of Public Policy and Administration

Public Policy and Administration Faculty

Ross Alexander, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University; MPA, Arizona State University; B.S., Beloit College

Jennifer Allen, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University; M.S., Southeast Missouri State University

Wendy Andberg, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Minnesota

Patricia Angulo, Ed.D., M.A., Hamline University; B.A., Metropolitan State University

David Basil, J.D., B.S., University of South Carolina - Columbia; B.S.En., Clemson University

Shirley Baugher, Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia; M.A., B.S.Ed., Truman State University

William Benet, Ph.D., University of Toronto; M.S.Ed., B.A., The State University of New York

Morris D. Bidjerano, Ph.D., University at Albany–SUNY; M.A., Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski

Gloria Billingsley, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.S., Jackson State University

Mary Brown, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.Ed., B.A., California University of Pennsylvania

Mary Bruce, Ph.D., Wayne State University; MPA, Oakland University; B.A., Southern University

Lisa Bruno, J.D., Massachusetts School of Law; M.A., Anna Maria College; B.A., Salve Regina University

Lisa Bryan, Ph.D., M.A., Kent State University; B.A., Walsh University

Roland Bullard, Ph.D., Indiana University; M.Ed., University of South Carolina; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Cassandra Caldwell, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; MPA, North Carolina Central University; B.A., University of North Carolina

Catherine Collins, Ph.D., MPA, Syracuse University

Charles Corley, Ph.D., M.A., Bowling Green State University; B.A., Hampton Institute

Kristin Dailey, Ph.D., Northcentral University; M.A., Troy State University; B.A., University of South Florida

Linda Day, Ph.D., Syracuse University; M.Arch., University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee; B.S., State University of New York

Benedict DeDominicis, Ph.D., M.A., University of Pittsburgh; B.A., The Ohio State University

Lori Demeter, Ph.D., University of Maryland; MPA, Valdosta State University; B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

Richard DeParis, D.P.A., University of La Verne; M.B.A., MPA, B.S., National University

Mark DeVirgilio, Ph.D., George Mason University; M.S., B.S., University of Hawaii; B.S., Air Force Institute of Technology

Gregory Dixon, Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., B.A., California State University, Long Beach

Eileen Eisen-Cohen, Ph.D., MSW, Arizona State University; B.A., University of California

Ernesto Escobedo, Ph.D., Capella University; M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.B.A., Angelo State University

Kevin Fandl, Ph.D., George Mason University; J.D., M.A., American University; B.A., Lock Haven University

Victor Ferreros, Ph.D., MPA, University of Kansas; A.B., Ateneo de Manila University

Anne Fetter, Ph.D., Boston College; M.Ed., University of New Hampshire

Judith Fitzgerald, J.D., Boston College; B.A., Lincoln University

Anthony Fleming, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., West Virginia University

Lydia Forsythe, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate Institute; M.S.N., University of Phoenix

Dorcas Francisco, Ed.D., George Washington University; M.P.I.A., B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Shaquan Gaither, J.D., M.B.A., University of Baltimore

John Gilbert, Ph.D., Pacific Graduate School of Psychology; D.D.S., B.A., University of California

Shawn Gillen, Ph.D., M.P.A., University of Kentucky; B.A., University of Iowa

Frances Goldman, Ph.D., M.A., B.S., Binghamton University

Paula Gordon, Ph.D., American University; M.A., B.A., University of California – Berkeley

Jennifer Grimes, Ph.D., Arizona State University; M.S., B.S., Indiana State University

Anne J. Hacker,  Ph.D., MPA, Western Michigan University; B.A., Case Western Reserve University

Elizabeth A. (Bethe) Hagens, Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Occidental College

Joyce Haines, Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.A., University of Missouri; M.A., B.A., University of Kansas

Christopher Hansen, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.A., B.A., University of South Florida

Anne Marie H. Hayes, J.D., Case Western Reserve University; B.S., Guilford College

Gema Hernandez, D.P.A., Nova Southeastern University; M.S., Louisiana State University; B.A., University of Florida

Ron Hirschbein, Ph.D., Syracuse University; M.A., Southern Illinois University; B.S., University of Wisconsin

Robert Holsworth, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.A., Seton Hall University

Melissa Jarrell, Ph.D., M.A., University of South Florida; B.A., Eckerd College

Christopher Jones, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa

Reginald Jones, Ph.D., Howard University; B.A., M.A., North Carolina Central University

Thomas Kelley, Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Florida State University

Gary Kelsey, Ed.D., M.A., St. Mary’s University of Minnesota; B.A., St. Cloud State University

Aman Khan, Ph.D., M.A., University of Pittsburgh

David Kilmnick, Ph.D., The City University of New York; MSW, The State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.F.A., Long Island University

Michael Klemp-North, Ph.D., Western Michigan University; M.S., University of Wisconsin at Platte

Karel Kurst-Swanger, Ph.D., Binghamton University; B.S., M.S.Ed., The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Elizabeth Lane, Ph.D., M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

Mark S. Langevin, Ph.D., M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., The Evergreen State College

Deborah Laufersweiler-Dwyer, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., B.S., Old Dominion University

Jessie Lee, Ph.D., MPA, Walden University; B.A., Eastern University

Mi Young Lee, Ph.D., Florida State University; M.A., Hanyang University

Anthony Leisner, Ph.D., Walden University; M.B.A., Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Robert E. Levasseur, Ph.D., Walden University; M.S, Northeastern University; M.S., B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A., Bowdoin College

Bruce Lindsay, Ph.D., University of Delaware; MPA, University of Colorado at Denver; B.A., Metropolitan State College – Denver

Rebecca Martin, M.A., B.A., University of Minnesota at Twin Cities

Steven Matarelli, Ph.D., Walden University; M.S., Texas Woman’s University

Danielle McDonald, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; B.A., West Virginia University

Donald McLellan, Ph.D., Walden University; M.A., University of Detroit; B.S., Wayne State University

Kenneth Mentor, Ph.D., Syracuse University; M.A., Central Michigan University

David Milen, Ph.D., M.S., Walden University; M.S., Indiana State University;  B.A., Northern Illinois University; A.A.S., Ivy Tech Community College

Alexandra Miller, Ph.D., M.S., B.S., University of Louisville

Barrett Mincey, Ph.D., Barry University; M.B.A., Salisbury University; B.S.B., University of Miami

Marshal Moore, J.D., Rutgers School of Law; B.S., Grambling State University

Stephen Morreale, D.P.A., Nova Southeastern University; MPA, Golden Gate University; B.S., University of Massachusetts Boston

James Mosko, Ph.D., M.A., Purdue University; B.A., Marshall University

Mai Moua, Ph.D., Gonzaga University; M.A., College of St. Scholastica; B.A., Brandeis University

Albert Murillo, Ph.D., M.S., Florida Institute of Technology; B.A., University of South Florida

Janet Pershing, Ph.D., Walden University; M.A., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; B.A., Carleton College

David Powell, Ph.D., Miami University; M.A., Ohio University; B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College

Irmak Renda-Tanali, D.Sc., George Washington University; M.B.A., M.S., B.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Patricia Ripoll, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg; M.B.A., La Salle University; M.A., Temple University; B.A., Villanova University

Kristie Roberts, Ph.D., Jackson State University; MPA, Albany State University; B.A., Fort Valley State University

Paul Rutledge, Ph.D., M.A., West Virginia University; B.A., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Lisa Saye, D.P.A., M.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; M.S., Troy University; B.A., McNeese State University

Tanya Settles, Ph.D., MPA, University of Colorado at Denver; B.S., Metropolitan State College of Denver

Karen Shafer, Ph.D., Arizona State University; MPA, University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Pomona College

Hilda Shepeard, Ph.D., Walden University; M.B.A., Webster University; B.A., Excelsior College

Raj Singh, Ph.D., M.S., University of Southern California; M.Eng., Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; B.S., University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Tony Smith, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University at Albany, State University of New York

Mark Stallo, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas; MPA, M.S., University of Texas; B.S., University of Cincinnati

William Steeves Jr., Ed.D., M.A., B.A., The George Washington University

Wallace Swan, D.P.A., M.A., Nova Southeastern University; M.A., Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs: University of Minnesota; B.S., University of Idaho

Dale Swoboda, D.P.A., MPA., Arizona State University; B.A., University of Missouri at St. Louis

Georgalu Swoboda, M.S., University of North Texas; M.A., University of Phoenix

Linda Sundstrom, D.P.A., University of LaVerne; MPA, California State University – San Bernadino

Gabriel Telleria, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jacqueline Thomas, D.P.A., University of Philippines; B.A., Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines

Yvonne Thompson, Ph.D., Southern California University for Professional Studies; M.B.A., B.S., Norfolk State University

Susan Thorn, J.D., Brooklyn Law School; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Dwight Toavs, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.A., Oklahoma University; B.S., Montana State University

Karin Treiber, Ph.D., University of Minnesota at Twin Cities; M.A., Michigan State University; B.A., Duquesne University

Clive Tsuma, Ph.D., Louisiana State University & A&M College; M.A., B.A., World Education Services

Laima Warnecke, Ph.D., Vilnius University; M.B.A., University of South Florida

Dianne Williams, Ph.D., Capella University; M.B.A., High Point University

Clarence Williamson, Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University; MPA, North Carolina Central University; B.S., St. Augustine’s College

Kirk Williams, Ph.D., Tulane University; M.S., University of Kentucky

Karl Wolfe, B.A., Azusa Pacific University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; Ed.D., Pepperdine University

Richard Worch, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University; M.S., B.S., University of Baltimore

Olivia Yu, Ph.D., M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo

Asghar Zomorrodian, Ph.D.,MPA,  University of Southern California, Los Angeles; M.B.A., Cranfield Institute of Technology, England; M.A., Tehran University; B.A., Shiraz University

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