Aaron Deslatte, Ph.D. Department of Public Administration Northern Illinois University
Across the metropolitan landscape, public managers are engaged in policy design, implementation and performance evaluation. Often behind the scenes, they influence service-levels and play a role in confronting negative 'spillovers' of pollution and infrastructure decline in urban areas.
I work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration within the School of Public and Global Affairs at Northern Illinois University. My research focuses on how managers influence public policy, including how local administrators guide their governments' pursuit of development, protect natural resources and promote socially equitable service-delivery. This requires focusing on both the leadership, motivations and decision-making of local government administrators, as well as the larger institutional environments they operate within.
One lens for observing managerial influence is through land-use and the efforts by local governments and regional networks to use “smart growth” policy tools to address problems associated with sprawl, including urban disinvestment, social inequality and pollution. I've published research on this topic which you can see here.
I have studied Bayesian inference and network analysis at the University of Michigan’s Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). My research has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Urban Affairs Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Policy Studies Journal, and other outlets. I have presented papers at conferences for the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), among other conferences and invited workshops,
Prior to changing careers, I worked as a government reporter for 15 years. During that time, I covered city councils, school boards, state legislatures and state and national political campaigns in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Florida for news organizations including The Kansas City Star, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Gannett News Service and the Orlando Sentinel.
At FSU, I was part of a Local Governance Research Lab which investigates questions about why cities and counties collaborate and compete in arenas ranging from energy use to development, environmental resource management and land-use. Research examining the institutional influences on local government sustainability initiatives can be found at the FSU Local Governance Research Lab.Here are some of the collective works examining local government land use and political markets.
Here are the courses I regulary teach:
PSPA 600 - Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration PSPA 605 _ Organizational Theory and Behavior PSPA 630 – Local and Metropolitan Government PSPA 631 – Urban Planning and Zoning PSPA 632 - Local Government Administration