The Public Administration Theory Network

The Network formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Montana on November 8, 2011 and adopted formal bylaws by which the organization is now governed. To satisfy formal banking needs and IRS filing requirements the bylaws were re-stated with minor adjustments in July 2012 and amended in July 2016.
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Board Members

Gary Marshall
Gary MarshallChair
Gary S. Marshall is Professor and Ph.D. Program Chair in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research emphasizes the centrality of human identity as it relates to work in public agencies. Dr. Marshall is also a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and former co-editor of the LC Express, a U.S. based publication on the work of Jacques Lacan.
Jennifer Alexander
Jennifer AlexanderVice Chair
Jennifer Alexander is Associate Professor of Public Administration in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research concerns civil society, the political roles of nonprofit associations, racial identity, and citizenship.
Roy L. Heidelberg
Roy L. HeidelbergTreasurer
Roy L. Heidelberg is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University. He teaches courses on public administration theory and history as well as courses on public policy and decision making. His research interests include democratic theory, the tensions between democratic values and administrative designs, early Progressive political theory, technology and design, and accountability theory. For more information, see
Tia Sheree Gaynor
Tia Sheree GaynorSecretary
Tia Sherèe Gaynor is an assistant professor in the department of public and nonprofit administration in the school of management at Marist College. Dr. Gaynor’s research seeks to examine issues of social justice and equity within a U.S. and global context. Her scholarship can be categorized in three research streams: resident participation and engagement; public and social policy analysis and implementation and pedagogy, learning and instruction.
Maria Veronica Elias
Maria Veronica EliasBoard Member
María Verónica Elías, PhD. is assistant professor of public administration at Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington. Her research focuses on democratic governance and participatory planning processes, with an emphasis on neighborhood improvement group dynamics. She also investigates democratization processes in Latin America, with a focus on the Southern Cone countries. Verónica’s research follows an interpretive-phenomenological line of inquiry. She serves as board member of the Public Administration Theory Network as well as blind peer reviewer for public administration, public policy and urban planning scholarly journals. Verónica is a research fellow with the Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology.
Thomas Catlaw
Thomas CatlawBoard Member
Thomas J. Catlaw is Associate Professor and Frank and June Sackton Chair in Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University in Phoenix. He is the author of Fabricating the People: Politics and Administration in the Biopolitical state (University of Alabama Press, 2007) and Theories of Public Organization (with Robert Denhardt, Cengage, 2014), among many other publications. He is the former editor of Administrative Theory & Praxis, the official journal of the Public Administration Theory Network. More information: and
Brandi Blessett
Brandi BlessettBoard Member
Brandi Blessett is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. Her research interests are rooted in issues related to social justice. Areas of study include: reentry, cultural competence, and administrative responsibility. These concepts are interrelated and used to examine the role of institutions and administrative actions in facilitating disadvantage. Dr. Blessett has published in peer-reviewed periodicals such as Public Integrity, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and Administration & Society.
Staci M. Zavattaro
Staci M. ZavattaroInterim Editor, Administrative Theory & Praxis
Staci M. Zavattaro, Ph.D., is associate professor of public administration at the University of Central Florida. She serves as managing editor of Administrative Theory & Praxis. Her research interests include place branding, social media in governance processes, and administrative theory. She has recently published in Public Administration Review, Government Information Quarterly, and Tourism Management.