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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

Claudia N. Avellaneda

Associate Professor

Lisa Blomgren Amsler

Professor and Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service

Jennifer N. Brass

Assistant Professor

Beth E. Cate

Associate Professor

Daniel Cole

Professor of Law and of Public and Environmental Affairs

Sameeksha Desai

Assistant Professor

Paul Helmke

Professor of Practice, SPEA

Michael McGuire

Executive Associate Dean, Professor

Andrea R. Need

Lecturer and Deputy Director, Master of Public Affairs Program

Sean Nicholson-Crotty

Associate Professor

Frank L. Nierzwicki Jr.

Visiting Lecturer

Anh Tran

Assistant Professor

Faculty Research

Indiana University research: Improving table saw safety is a good investment

Adding automatic safety protection devices to table saws would prevent injuries and, despite the initial cost, save money in the long run, according to a new risk-benefit analysis co-authored by an Indiana University researcher John Graham.

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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.