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Susan Baer

Contributing Faculty
Susasn Baer

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Program Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Susan Baer is a Contributing Faculty Member in the School of Public Policy and Administration where she serves as a dissertation committee chairperson, dissertation committee member, and/or methodologist. Dr. Baer earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park where her two areas of specialization were U.S. public policy and political theory. She also completed a postdoctoral appointment at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Baer has over ten years of university teaching experience in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and California where she won three teaching awards. Her publications include peer-reviewed academic journal articles and book chapters with an emphasis on U.S. urban politics and policy. She has written extensively about business improvement districts in the United States. Her current research focuses on harm reduction policy.

Dr. Baer’s work history also includes relevant non-academic positions in the field. She previously worked as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. She also worked as a Municipal Bond Credit Analyst at Legg Mason, Inc. in Baltimore. In addition, she completed two internships with the Baltimore City Council while in the doctoral program at University of Maryland.


PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

MA, University of Maryland, College Park


Baer, S. E., Feiock, R. C. (2005). "Private Governments in Urban Areas: Political Contracting and Collective Action" American Review of Public Administration

Baer, S. E., Marando, V. L. (2001). "The Sub-Districting of Cities: Applying the Polycentric Model" Urban Affairs Review

Baer, S. E., Marando, V. L. (2003). "Urban Collective Governance Organizations: The Effect of Institutional Arrangements on Organizational Behavior" Public Administration and Management: An Interactive Journal

Baer, S. E., Ihrke, D. M. (2004). "The Local Political Economy of Inner City Neighborhoods: Theory and Application" Public Administration Quarterly

Baer, S. E. (2008). "Private Governments: A Polycentric Perspective", pp. 51-69

Baer, S. E., Mallinson, D. J. Public Opinion for a Proposed Supervised Injection Site (Work in Progress)

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