Members of the Board

Thomas J. Catlaw, Chair

Thomas J. Catlaw was on the faculty of School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University in Phoenix from 2004-2017, where he was Associate Professor and Frank and June Sackton Chair in Public Administration. 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 in the area of social, political, and administrative. Catlaw was editor of Administrative Theory & Praxis, the official journal of the Public Administration Theory Network, from 2008-2011. In 2018, he left academia to pursue a life as an independent scholar and his interests in music and the arts.

Billie Sandberg, Vice Chair

Billie Sandberg is an associate professor of Public Administration and Director of The Nonprofit Institute at Portland State University. She teaches graduate courses in nonprofit management, leadership, marketing, social entrepreneurship, ethics, organizational behavior, and program evaluation. Her research focuses on the application of critical social theory to issues of public governance, with a particular focus on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She is a co-editor of and contributor to Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change (Melvin & Leigh Press, 2019) and has published work in journals such as Administration & Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Roy L. Heidelberg, Treasurer

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. His work can be found in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Administration & Society, and the American Review of Public Administration.

Sarah Surak, Secretary

Dr. Sarah Surak is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Salisbury University where she also co-directs the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Her research interests include public administration, civic engagement, environmental political theory, and modern political and social theory. Her work has in a variety of journals including New Political Science, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and Administrative Theory & Praxis.

Gary Marshall

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.

Brandi Blessett

Brandi Blessett is an associate professor and MPA Director at the University of Cincinnati. Her work is anchored in issues related to social justice, cultural competence, and administrative responsibility. She examines the role public institutions and administrative actions play in facilitating disadvantage for vulnerable communities. Dr. Blessett hopes her work will lead to better engagement between public administrators and the diverse constituents they serve. She has also published in Administrative Theory & Praxis, Administration & Society, Public Integrity, Public Administration Quarterly, and the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration

Sean McCandless

Sean McCandless is completing a post-doctorate at the University of Colorado Denver. He teaches classes on public management, the policy process, leadership, ethics, and social equity. His research focuses on accountability for social equity, especially how and why governments do or do not make fairness a priority and the effects of these actions. He is a frequent guest speaker on social justice issues.

Sebawit G. Bishu

Sebawit G. Bishu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests center around gender equity, urban governance, organizational behavior, and public management. Dr. Bishu currently applies her interests within the context of health and human service organizations as well as local governments within the U.S. and the Sub Saharan Africa region. Dr. Bishu has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Administration and SocietyAmerican Review of Public Administration and Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Staci Zavattaro, Editor of 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.