Public Administration Research

Public Administration researchers examine organizational, administrative, and policy sciences as they apply to government and governance. Our researchers are called to delve into controversial issues while remaining neutral.

Our Areas of Research



Organizational justice

Public sector compensation

Regional economics

Social theory

Stereotyping and discrimination

Workplace diversity


Select Faculty Publications

Suzette Caleo

Heilman, M. E, Manzi, F., and Caleo, S. (2019). Updating impressions: The differential effects of new information on evaluations of women and men. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 152, 105-121.

Caleo, S. and Heilman, M. E (2019). What could go wrong? Some unintended consequences of gender bias interventions. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 7, 71-80.

Caleo, S. (2018). When distributive justice and gender stereotypes coincide: Reactions to equity and equality violations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48, 257-268.

Caleo, S. (2018). Research framing, victim blaming: Toward an empirical examination of victim precipitation and perpetrator predation paradigms. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 11(1), 134-137.

Heilman, M. and Caleo, S. (2018). Combatting gender discrimination: A lack of fit framework. Group Processes and lntergroup Relations, 21, 725-744.

Caleo, S. (2016). Are organizational justice rules gendered? Reactions to men's and women's justice violations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101(10), 1422-1435.

Whitman, D. S., Caleo, S., Carpenter, N., Horner, M., and Bernerth, J. (2012). Fairness at the collective level: A meta-analytic examination of the consequences and boundary conditions of organizational justice climate. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97(3), 776-791.

Van Rooy, D. L, Whitman, D. S, Hart, D., and Caleo, S. (2011). Measuring employee engagement during an economic downturn: Business imperative or nuisance?. Journal of Business and Psychology, 26, 147-152.

Heilman, M. E., Caleo, S., and Halim, M. L. (2010). Just the thought of it!: Effects of anticipating computer-mediated communication on gender stereotyping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 672-675.

Roy Heidelberg

Heidelberg, R. (2021). “The Impersonal Sovereign.” Administration and Society, 53(5), 787-810. (

Heidelberg, R. and Surak, S. (2020). “The Administrative Making of the Recycler.” Policy Studies 41(4), 331-349 (

Heidelberg, R. (2020). “The Becoming of the Policy Maker” Administration and Society 52(8), 1239-1267. (

Eckerd, A and Heidelberg, R. (2020). “Administering Participation” American Review of Public Administration 50(2), 133-147 (online first: )

Heidelberg, R. (2019). “Ten Theses on Accountability.” Administrative Theory & Praxis 42(1) 6-26. (online first: )

Heidelberg, R. (2019). “The Democracy Problem.” Administration and Society, 51(5) 692-723. (First published online 2017 ( https://doi:10.1177/0095399717709858 )

Heidelberg, R. (2018). “Getting it Right: Public Administration Undergoing Epistemology.” Administrative Theory & Praxis, 40(1), 23-42.

Heidelberg, R. (2016). “The Power of Knowing the Rules.” The American Review of Public Administration. 46(6), 734-750 ( https://doi:10.1177/0275074015575353 )

Heidelberg, R. (2015). “Public Administration, Popular Sovereignty, and la Police.” Administrative Theory & Praxis 37(3)

Heidelberg, R. and Desai, A. (2015). “Simulation Rules: The Role of Simulation in Policy Inquiry.” Administrative Theory & Praxis, 37(1)

Eckerd, A. and Heidelberg, R. (2015). "Public Incentives, Market Motivations, and Contaminated Properties: New Public Management and Brownfield Liability Reform." Public Administration Review 75(2)

Eckerd A. & Heidelberg, R.L. (2015) “Federal and state reforms to incentivize brownfield developments have only enhanced developers’ profits on existing projects.” London School of Economics USAPP available at

Heidelberg, R. (2014). Review of Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives by Ruth Grant, Public Administration, 92(1)

Heidelberg, R. (2012). “Exploring Assumptions through Possible Worlds.” In Simulation for Policy Inquiry, ed. Anand Desai

Richardson, J.A., & Heidelberg, R. (2012). “Using Simulation as a Scenario Builder for Decision Making: A Case Study of the Nurse Family Partnership Program in Louisiana.” In Simulation for Policy Inquiry, ed. Anand Desai

Heidelberg, R. and Eckerd, A. (2011). “A Challenge to the Ownership Society.” The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 16(1)

Heidelberg, R. (2011). Review of Qualitative Research Methods for Public Administration by Larry S. Luton, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 17(2)

Moulton, S. and  Heidelberg, R. (2010) “Beyond the Market: Homeownership and Public Values” PA Times, 33(5), 3.

Jared J. Llorens

Wadsworth, L., Llorens, J. J., and Facer, R. (2018). Do Workplace Flexibilities Influence Employment Stability? An Analysis of Alternative Work Schedules, Turnover Intent and Gender in Local Government. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 21(4).

Llorens, J. J. (2015). Fiscally Driven Compensation Reform & Threats to Human Capital Capacity in the Public Sector. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 18(1).

Condrey, S. E., Facer, R. L., and Llorens, J. J. (2012). Getting it Right: How and Why We Should Compare Federal Private Sector Compensation. Public Administration Review, 72(6).

Clark, B. and Llorens, J. J. (2012). Investments in Scientific Research: Examining the Funding Threshold Effects on Scientific Collaboration and Variation by Academic Discipline. Policy Studies Journal, 40(4).

Condrey, S. E., Facer, R. L., and Llorens, J. J. (2012). Reforming Federal Pay. Compensation and Benefits Review, 44(3).

Condrey, S. E., Facer, R. L., and Llorens, J. J. (2012). Revitalize the Federal Workforce by Strengthening Four Critical Areas. Public Manager, (Winter).

Llorens, J. J. (2012). Uncovering the Role of Public Sector Employee Associations in Addressing Issues of Diversity and Representation. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 18(1).

Bushouse, B., Jacobson, W., Lambright, K., Llorens, J. J., Morse, R., and Poocharoen, O. (2011). Crossing the Divide: Building Bridges Between Public Administration Practitioners and Scholars. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(suppl 1).

Llorens, J. J., Stazyk, E. (2011). How Important are Competitive Wages? Exploring the Impact of Relative Wage Rates on Employee Turnover in State Government. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 31(2).

Llorens, J. J. (2011). Public Sector Recruitment in a Time of Hyper Technological Change: Towards a Model of E-Recruitment Adoption and Its Impact. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 31(4).

Llorens, J. J. and Battaglio, R. Paul (2010). Human Resources Management in a Changing World: Reassessing the Core of Public Human Resources Management Education. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 30(1).

Llorens, J. J. (2009). A Renewed Emphasis on Hiring: A Closer Look at the Federal Government's End-to-End Hiring Roadmap. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 29(4).

Llorens, J. J., Wenger, J., and Kellough, J. Edward (2008). Choosing Public Sector Employment: The Impact of Wages on the Representation of Women and Minorities in State Bureaucracies. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 18(3).

Llorens, J. J. (2008). Uncovering the Determinants of Competitive State Government Wages. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 28(4).

Llorens, J. J. and Kellough, J. Edward (2007). A Revolution in Public Personnel Administration: The Growth of Web-Based Recruitment and Selection Processes in the Federal Service. Public Personnel Management, 36(3).

Holly Peterson

Giordono, Leanne, Chad Zanocco, Holly L. Peterson, and Hilary Schaffer Boudet. 2022. “Shelter from the Storm: How Perceived Extreme Event Experience and Government Trust Shape Public Support for Climate Change Mitigation Policy in the United States.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy (Early View).

Pierce, Jonathan J., Leanne Giordono, Holly L. Peterson, and Katherine C. Hicks. 2022. “Common Approaches for Studying the Advocacy Coalition Framework: Review of Methods and Model Practices.” The Social Science Journal.

Peterson, Holly L. 2021. “Narrative Policy Images: Intersecting Narrative & Attention in Presidential Stories about the Environment.” Policy Studies Journal (Early View).

Peterson, Holly L., Michael D. Jones, and Mark. K. McBeth. 2020. "Policy Process Theory for Rural Studies: Navigating Context and Generalization in Rural Policy.” Politics & Policy (48) 4: 575-617.

Pierce, Jonathan J., Holly L. Peterson, and Katherine C. Hicks. 2020 “Policy Change: An Advocacy Coalition Framework Perspective.” Policy Studies Journal (48) 1: 64-86.

Smith-Walter, Aaron, Michael D. Jones, Elizabeth A. Shanahan and Holly L. Peterson. 2019. “Narrative Cognition and Cultural Networks: How Groups Inform Campaign Finance Reform Preferences.” Quality & Quantity.

Taylor, Casey, Trang Tran, Hilary Schaffer Boudet, Keith Baker and Holly L. Peterson. 2019. “Using Social Movements to Understand Community Response to LNG Development in Clatsop County, Oregon.” Case Studies in the Environment.

Runner-up for Case Studies in the Environment’s most outstanding case study award for 2019-2020

Peterson, Holly L. 2018. “Political Information has Bright Colors: Narrative Attention Theory.” Policy Studies Journal 46 (4): 828-842.

Pierce, Jonathan J., Holly L. Peterson, Michael D. Jones, Samantha Garrard, and Theresa Vu. 2017. “There and Back Again: A Tale of the Advocacy Coalition Framework.” Policy Studies Journal 45 (S1): S13-S46.

Smith-Walter, Aaron, Holly L. Peterson, Michael D. Jones, and Ashley Reynolds. 2016. “Gun Stories: How Evidence Shapes Firearm Policy in the United States.” Politics & Policy 44 (6): 1053-1088.

Jones, Michael D., Holly L. Peterson, Jonathan J. Pierce, Nicole Herweg, Amiel Bernal, Holly Lamberta Raney, and Nikolaos Zahariadis. 2016. “A River Runs Through it: A Multiple Streams Framework Meta-Review.” Policy Studies Journal 44 (1): 13-36.

Pierce, Jonathan J., Saba Siddiki, Michael D. Jones, Kristin Schumacher, Andrew Pattison, and Holly L. Peterson. 2014. “Social Construction and Policy Design: A Review of Past Applications.” Policy Studies Journal 42 (1): 1-29.


Anmol Soni

Brown, M. A, Soni, A., Lapsa, M. V, Southworth, K., and Cox, M. (2020). High energy burden and low-income energy affordability: conclusions from a literature review. Progress in Energy, 2(4).

Brown, M. A., Soni, A., Doshi, A. D., and King, C. (2020). The persistence of high energy burdens: A bibliometric analysis of vulnerability, poverty, and exclusion in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 70.

Soni, A. (2018). Out of sight, out of mind? Investigating the longitudinal impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident on public opinion in the United States. Energy Policy, 122, 169-175.

Min Su

Su, Min, Wenli Yan, and Nicholas Harvey. 2022. Pecking Order Theory and Church Debt Financing: Evidence from the United Methodist Church. Nonprofit Management & Leadership. 33(1): 179-201 (Impact factor: 2.627)

Chen, Can, Min Su, and Ping Zhang. 2022. What Drives States to Raise Gas Tax Rates? An Empirical Analysis. Public Works Management & Policy. 27(3): 222-237  (Impact factor: 0.74)

Su, Min. 2021. Discretion in Traffic Stops: The Influence of Budget Cuts on Traffic Citations. Public Administration Review. 81 (3): 446-458 (Impact factor: 8.144)

Su, Min. 2021. Introduction to the Special Issue: The Impact of COVID-19 on Big Cities’ Budgets. Municipal Finance Journal 42(1): 1-4.

Su, Min. 2021. Introduction to the Special Issue II: The Impact of COVID-19 on Big Cities’ Budgets. Municipal Finance Journal 42(2): 1-3.

Su, Min. 2020. Taxation by Citation? Exploring Local Governments' Revenue Motive for Traffic Fines. Public Administration Review 80 (1): 36-45. (Impact factor: 8.144) 

Su, Min. 2020. Local Governments’ Responses to Revenue Changes: The Effects of Unreserved General Fund Balances. International Journal of Public Administration 43(11): 964-976. (Impact factor: 2.52)

Su, Min. 2019. Accumulation of Local Government Savings. In Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, edited by A. Farazmand. Public Policy and Governance. Springer International Publishing.

Su, Min. 2019. Understanding the Accumulation of Local Government Savings: A Dynamic Analysis. International Journal of Public Administration 42 (11): 893-903. (Impact factor: 2.52)

Thomas, John C., Min Su, and Theodore Poister. 2018. How Do Legislators Assess Administrative Performance? Georgia’s Department of Transportation in the Eyes of the State’s Legislators. American Review of Public Administration 48 (8): 822-835. (Impact factor: 5.13)

Su, Min and W. Bartley Hildreth. 2018. Does Financial Slack Reduce Short-term Borrowing? Public Budgeting & Finance 38 (1): 95-113. (Impact factor: 1.08)(*This paper was one of the most read articles in Public Budgeting & Finance in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019).

Thomas, John C., Theodore H. Poister, and Min Su. 2015. In the Eye of the Beholder: Learning from Stakeholder Assessments of Public Value. In Public Value and Public Administration, edited by John M. Bryson, Barbara Crosby, and Laura Bloomberg, 170-186. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. 

Su, Min. Citizen, Customer, Partner: What Should be the Role of the Public in Public Administration in China? PA TIMES Online, June 10, 2014.

Su, Min. 2013. Who Lends a Hand to Government? The Impact of Social Capital on Governmental Volunteering. International Journal of Volunteer Administration XXX (1): 1-16. (Impact factor: N/A) 

Su, Min and Mingliang Zhu. 2010. Chapter 4. Consumption Tax and Chapter 6. Tariffs and Accounting Treatment of Export Tax Rebates. In Tax Accounting (Chinese edition). 21stCentury Higher Education Core Curriculum for Economics and Management Book Series, edited by Chang Cai and Rong Zheng. Beiing, China: Beijing Jiaotong University Press. ISBN-10: 7811237598.