The Department of Public Management and Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University welcomes two new colleagues from Fall 2013. Dr. K. Jurée Capers joined the department as an Assistant Professor after receiving her Ph.D in Political Science from Texas A&M University.  A scholar of public administration and public policy, she addresses questions related to policy implementation and outcomes within the governance framework. Her research examines how governance in the broad sense affects each phase of policy— from agenda setting and policy design to policy outputs and outcomes.  Substantively, her research centers on social policy issues, particularly k-12 education, as it relates to racial and ethnic minorities and underrepresented groups.

Dr. Ann-Margaret Esnard joined us as a Professor. Prior to joining PMAP, Esnard held tenure appointments in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University and in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. Her expertise encompasses disaster planning, disaster-induced population displacement, hazard and vulnerability assessment and GIS/spatial analysis. Esnard has been involved in a number of related research initiatives, including NSF funded projects on topics of disaster-induced population displacement and long-term recovery.

Faculty member Dr. John Thomas has published a new book titled Citizen, Customer, Partner:  Engaging the Public in Public Management (Armonk, NY:  M. E. Sharpe, 2012). The purpose of this book is to address the dual challenge implied by that reality: (1) to help public administrators and other public officials to understand the complex nature of the public they face, and (2) to provide guidance for how to interact most effectively with the public in the different roles. Using this comprehensive perspective, the text helps students, practitioners, and scholars understand when and how the public should be integrated into the practice of public administration.

Faculty member Dr. Cathy Yang Liu is continuing to work on several projects on immigrant-owned businesses in community and urban development under grant support from the Kauffman Foundation, Regional Studies Association (UK), Atlanta Census Research Data Center, and the Fiscal Research Center. Her article “Latino Immigration and the Low-skill Urban Labor Market: The Case of Atlanta” was published in Social Science Quarterly earlier this year and her article (with Wen Xie) “Creativity and Inequality: The Dual Path of China’s Urban Economy?” will be published by Growth and Change in December.