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Teaching Experience & Interests

Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of public management. The course will emphasize the role of public managers and their relationships with clientele groups, the legislature, the executive, and the public. The course will introduce theories of administrative accountability, organizational behavior, decision making and political oversight that help students better understand the complexities of the modern administrative state. Managing in the public sector entails an understanding of the interaction between three distinct dimensions—administrative structures and processes, organizations and their cultures, and the skills and values of individual managers.

Nonprofit Management & Politics

This course aims to achieve two primary purposes. First, it introduces the basic concepts of what the nonprofit sector is and does. Discussions will include the nature, scope, functions, main activities, legal and tax frameworks, and governing structures of nonprofit organizations. Second, it exposes students to a wide range of management issues today’s nonprofits face in pursuing their missions and daily operations.  Issues can include: securing funds, managing staff and volunteers, improving performance, and ensuring internal and external accountabilities.  Whenever relevant, contemporary issues, debates, and news reports concerning nonprofits’ managerial practices or pending policy proposals that affect nonprofits will be discussed so that students can acquire better understanding and analytical skills regarding nonprofit management and the related policy implications.My teaching effectiveness is best summed up in the following excerpt from my evaluations:


  • "She went above and beyond, helping with internship opportunities and bringing in guest speakers to help us find what part of the non-prof sector each one of us were individually interested in. I loved it. My passion for non-profit management was definitely heightened because of this course!"

American Federal Government-Democracy Lab Instructor

In this role, I taught two sections of 25 students from diverse ideological, cultural, racial/ethnic and religious backgrounds each semester. My students were expected apply the theoretical concepts developed in the lecture portion of the course through active learning activities such as analyzing current events, researching political issues and political candidates, and writing letters to their representatives. My teaching evaluations from these courses convey my passion for contributing to the next generation of politically engaged leaders. See below for an excerpt from my evaluations:

  • "Elizabeth is a very encouraging, passionate teacher who truly cares about the success of her students. She is the definition of what it takes to be a good teacher. I was so worried at the beginning of the course, I am an international and do not know anything about the government. but she was supportive and she encourage me to participate. she was also helpful with the essays, whenever I am confused or struggling she was happy to help."

Teaching Interests

  • Public & Nonprofit Management

    • Nonprofits & Politics

    • Administration and Society

    • Inequality and Representation in Public Agencies

  • The Politics of Education Policy

    • Diversity & Equity in Education Policy

    • Higher Education Policy

  • Research Methodology

    • Research Design

    • Introduction to Political Analysis

    • Program Evaluation & Policy Analysis