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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career
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    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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    Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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 Maria P. Aristigueta
Maria P. Aristigueta
Charles P. Messick Chair in Public Administration
Director, SPPA
Senior Policy Fellow, IPA
University of Delaware
188 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716


DPA, University of Southern California 1997, Public Administration

MPA, University of South Florida 1980, Public Administration

BSW, University of South Florida 1977, Social Work


2016–Present      Director and Charles P. Messick Chair in Public Administration, School of Public Policy and Administration. Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Public Administration.

2014–2016      President of the American Society for Public Administration, Associate Director and Charles P. Messick Chair in Public Administration, School of Public Policy and Administration. Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Public Administration.

2012–2014      Director and Charles P. Messick Chair in Public Administration, School of Public Policy and Administration. Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Public Administration.

2007–2012      Director and Professor, University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration. Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Public Administration

2002–2007      Associate Professor, University of Delaware, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Associate Policy Scientist, Institute for Public Administration. I served as Director of the MPA program from 2002-2006.

1999–2006      Dual Appointment to University of Delaware, Consumer Students Department, Leadership Program.  In 2006, this program joined the School.

1997–2001      Assistant Professor and Assistant Policy Scientist, University of Delaware, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

1988–1997      Instructor, University of Central Florida, Department of Public Administration

1980–1981      Evaluator, United States General Accounting Office

Selected Publications

Books and Mono​graphs

Managing and Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations: An Integrated Approach, 2nd Edition.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass & Pffeifer Imprints, Wiley (with Theodore H. Poister and Jeremy Hall), 2015.

Organizational Behavior.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (with Afsaneh Nahavandi, Robert Denhardt, Janet Denhardt), 2014.

Civil Society in Cuba: Advancing through Moral Convictions and Public Connectedness, Miami, FL: University of Miami Press, 2008.

International Handbook of Practice-Based Performance Management, Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage (edited with Patria de Lancer Julnes, Fran Berry & Kaifeng Yang), 2008.

Managing Human Behavior in Public & Nonprofit Organizations, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2002, First Edition (with Robert Denhardt and Janet Vinzant Denhardt); Translated to Chinese (2008), Second Edition (2009), Third Edition (2013), Fourth Edition (2016).

Book Chapters

"Opening the Door to Cuba by Reinventing Guantanamo:  Creating a Cuba-US Biofuel Production Capability in Guantanamo" (with John Paron) In Handbook of Contemporary Cuba,  edited by Mauricio Font. Boulder, CO:   Paradigm Publishers, 2013.

“Developing Intrapersonal Skills” (with Robert B. Denhardt) In Handbook of Public Administration, James Perry and Robert K.Christensen, editors. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass & Pffeifer Imprints, Wiley, 2015.

“Strategic Planning by State Courts in the US” (with Kerrin Wolf) In Developments in Strategic and Public Management: Studies in the US and Europe, Paul Joyce, John Bryson, Marc Holzer editors. UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Academic Articles

"Managing for Results in Six States: Progress in over a decade demonstrates that leadership matters" (with research assistant, Fathima Nihla Zarook) Public Performance & Management Review,Vol. 35, No. 1, September 2011. 

"The Use of Performance Contracts for Delivery of Social Services in the United States" (w/ research assistant, Lynne Foote), Theoretical and Applied Economics.  Bucharest: Romania,Vol. XVI,  No. 3, March 2009.

"Civil Society in Cuba: Advancing through Moral Convictions and Public Connectedness" in Cuban Affairs Quarterly, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2008.

"A Performing Public Sector" Symposium Editor (w/ Wouter Van Dooren), Public Performance and Management Review,  Vol. 30, No. 4, June 2007.

"The Status of Performance Budgeting," (Symposium editor with Jonathan Justice), Public Performance and Management Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, September 2006.

Recent Courses Taught

UAPP819–Management Decision-Making

UAPP835–Organizations and Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

UAPP685–Performance Management

Research Interests

Public performance management, Organizational behavior, Performance measurement, Public and nonprofit administration, Organizational management, Performance evaluation and management, Program evaluation





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