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Susan Baer

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Sciences and Public Policy

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 research and 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 housing policy, harm reduction policy, and public transit policy.


PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

MA, University of Maryland, College Park

Awards / Honors

Nominated for the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentoring Award, American Political Science Association, 2019


Baer, S. E., Larkin, G. R. (2021). "Mass Transit Policy: Responding to COVID-19". Journal of Social Change.

Baer, S. E., Ferreros, A. V. (2021). "State Eviction Bans: A Policy Response to COVID-19". American Journal of Public Administration.

Baer, S. E. (2020). "Breaking it Down: Writing a Doctoral Dissertation Prospectus". The Political Science Educator.

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. In G. Morcol, L. Hoyt, J.W. Meek, & U. Zimmermann (Eds.), Business Improvement Districts: Research, Theories, and Controversies (pp. 51-69). CRC Press..