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Governance & Public Law

Faculty in this group examine the institutions and function of democracy. Faculty interests include the relationships among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, the legal framework for governance, policy development and implementation, dynamics across public, private, and nonprofit sectors, the use of technology in governance, the emergence of collaborative structures for managing resources, intergovernmental relations, federalism, collaborative governance, dispute resolution, and dialogue and deliberation.

Faculty Members

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Claudia N. Avellaneda

Associate Professor

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Lisa Blomgren Amsler

Professor and Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service

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Jennifer N. Brass

Assistant Professor

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Beth E. Cate

Associate Professor

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Daniel Cole

Professor of Law and of Public and Environmental Affairs

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Sameeksha Desai

Assistant Professor

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Paul Helmke

Professor of Practice, SPEA

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Andrea R. Need

Lecturer and Deputy Director, Master of Public Affairs Program

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Sean Nicholson-Crotty

Associate Professor

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Frank L. Nierzwicki Jr.

Visiting Lecturer

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David Reingold

Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington

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William G. Resh

Assistant Professor

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Anh Tran

Assistant Professor



Faculty Research

IU Professor Helps Lead Project To Re-Think Public Participation In Government

12/9/13 
Frustrated by public meetings that don’t serve the public, a team of experts and scholars that includes an Indiana University professor is recommending steps to encourage meaningful participation in government.

Indiana University journal examines critical health-care law issues

9/16/13 
With a key step in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, a journal based at Indiana University is laying out the latest thinking on critical elements of the law known as Obamacare.

NSF grant to fund study of snowmelt-dependent agricultural systems

9/14/11 
Multidisciplinary team led by IU professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impact of climate change, capacity for adaptation

Good360, IU collaborate to measure impact of 'product philanthropy'

8/24/11 
The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Good360, formerly Gifts In Kind International, have completed the first year of a unique, ongoing collaboration designed to measure the impacts of corporate gifts-in-kind to non-profit organizations.

Public managers need skills for collaboration and negotiation, report says

6/8/09 
Public managers increasingly make decisions and address problems as part of networks of agencies and organizations. As a result, they need to develop skills that are essential to collaborative problem-solving, says a new report co-authored by an Indiana University professor.

SPEA publication addresses challenges of carbon capture and storage

5/29/09 
Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a promising tool that may help the United States meet future energy needs while controlling emissions of greenhouse gases linked to climate change, Indiana University researchers say in a new policy brief.