Sandra Emerson, Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1984. Research and teaching interests: human services, utility deregulation, public finance, and public/private cooperation. Publications include The Public Administrator's Companion, A Practical Guide with R. Menkus and K. Van Ness. Other publications include: "Corruption in Bulgaria" for Public Integrity, "The Public, Politics and Ethics of Public Officials: Corporate Scandal of 2002 for Public Money and Management and "Promises and Pitfalls of Contracting for Public Services" in Case Studies i in Public Budgeting and Financial Management. She has experience as a consultant to Department of Labor's WIN program, Office of Economic Opportunity's Legal Services, as fiscal analyst for Community Development Block Grants, and as operations manager to the Health Care Finance Administration Medicare Part B program. Currently she serves as the coordinator for the MPA program.
Lisa S. Nelson, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1993. Research and teaching interests: community sustainability, environment and public lands policy, leadership development, qualitative research methods, public administration theory. Recent publications include “Transforming and Decentralizing Global Public Leadership Through Social Artistry” in Ricardo Morse, Innovations in Public Leadership Development; “The Role of the United Nations: From Stockholm to Johannesburg.” In Thai, Rahm, and Coggburn (Eds.) Handbook of Globalism and the Environment; and “Human-Wildlife Interaction: The Case of the Los Angeles Foothill Communities” Symposium on Endangered Species, International Journal of Public Administration.
.Renford Reese, Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1996. He received a Master's in Public Policy from the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy in 1990. He is the director and the founder of the Colorful Flags program. His research interests include civil rights issues, race and the criminal justice system, and public sector leadership. His is the author of American Paradox: Young Black Men (2004) and Leadership in the LAPD: Walking the Leadership Tightrope (2005).
David M. Speak, Ph. D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1979. Research and teaching interests include Public Law, Political Theory and American Government. Speak is the author of American Democracy, 2/e & 3/e (NY: St Martins Press, 1989 and 1993) (with Lewis Lipsitz); Living Law: The Transformation of American Jurisprudence in the Early Twentieth Century, (NY: Garland, 1987); and the editor (with Creighton Peden) of The American Constitutional Experiment, (Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1991). He has taught administrative law, ethics, and American government courses to MPA students.
Jing Wang, Ph.D., Arizona State Unversity, 2012. Research and teaching
interests: Local government management, urban policy and politics,
economic development, fiscal policy and financial management and
research methods. Recent publications include: "Citizen attitudes toward
local government public services: A comparative analysis between the City
of Xiamen and the City of Phoenix" in Public Performance and Management Review; and "Government waste in China: Situation, causes and countermeasures" in Asian Survey.