Program Director

Jennifer Marie Connolly

Assoc. Professor
Director, MPA program
Director, MPP program


(305) 284-2401
Jennifer M. Connolly is a public management scholar with a focus on local governance. Her research is motivated by a desire to understand how local governments can best serve the interests of their residents through their management structure, their policies, and the services they provide. Dr. Connolly’s research centers on three broad...

Core Faculty

Marcia A Beck



(305) 284-1663
Dr. Marcia A. Beck (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) specializes in organizational dynamics and management in the MPA Program and in Russian politics and administration in UM’s undergraduate program.  She developed the MPA Program’s online core course, Organizational Dynamics and Management, and has taught the online...

Cali A Curley

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-6867
Cali Curley joins the University of Miami as an Assistant Professor from the O'Neill School at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Cali earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Florida State University in 2014. Her primary research emphasis is on local government policy design and adoption, specifically...

Xue Gao

Asst. Professor


Xue Gao is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. Her research aims to understand the interplay between policy, politics, technology, marketplace, and society in the energy transition process at both local and global levels. She also devotes herself to using advanced machine learning techniques...

Nicole Humphrey

Asst. Professor


(305) 284-1698
Nicole Humphrey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. Her work utilizes organizational behavior concepts grounded in public management scholarship to gain insight on how emotions influence the work of public sector employees, particularly those working in local government. In addition, she...

Namhoon Ki

Asst. Professor


(850) 556-7732
Namhoon Ki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. His research is located at the intersection between public management, local government, and collaborative governance, including networks. His research applies the theories of public management and organizational behavior to the local...

Arthur Marshall Simon

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-4013
Arthur M. Simon holds business and law degrees from the University of Miami, a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Florida State University.  His resume includes professional experience as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an appellate attorney in Miami, a...

Michael Touchton

Assoc. Professor
Global Health Associate Faculty Lead - UMIA


(720) 289-7118
Dr. Touchton studies the political economy of development and underdevelopment in a comparative setting. His areas of interest include how countries attract investment and promote economic growth, how they reduce poverty and promote human development, and how they redevelop following the departure of major industries. Much of his research occurs...