The Public Administration Theory Network

Members of the Board

Gary Marshall, Chair

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.

Thomas J. Catlaw, Vice 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.

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. For more information, see

Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Secretary

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.

Brandi Blessett

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.

Billie Sandberg

Billie Sandberg is an assistant 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 current research focuses on the application of critical social theory to issues of public governance, with a particular focus on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

Sarah Surak

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.

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.

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.