Faculty


Marcia A Beck

Lecturer

m.beck3@miami.edu

(305) 284-1663
Dr. Marcia A. Beck is the author of Russia’s Liberal Project: State-Society Relations in the Transition from Communism (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000) and co-author with James S. Bowman and Jonathan P. West of Achieving Competencies in Public Service: The Professional...

Jennifer Marie Connolly

Asst. Professor

jmc185@miami.edu

(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...

Michael E. Milakovich

Assoc. Professor

milov@miami.edu

(305) 284-1859
Michael E. Milakovich (Ph.D. Indiana; B.A. UC-Santa Barbara) specializes in digital governance, public productivity improvement, online learning, and American Government and Politics. He has authored or co-authored 16 books or monographs and published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews in referred journals such as...

Rayna Stoycheva

Lecturer

r.stoycheva@miami.edu

(305) 284-4416
Rayna L. Stoycheva received her PhD in Public Policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her dissertation examined the political and financial management factors influencing state and local pension funding and sustainability. Dr. Stoycheva’s research interests are in the areas of public budgeting...

Michael Touchton

Asst. Professor
Global Health Associate Faculty Lead - UMIA

mxt725@miami.edu

(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...

Jonathan P. West

Professor
Director, MPA Program
Secondary Appointments In Management (SBA)

jwest@miami.edu

(305) 284-2500
Jonathan P. West is chair and professor of political science and director of the MPA program at the University of Miami.  His research interests include human resource management, productivity, local government, and public service ethics. Professor West has published nine books and over 100 articles and book chapters. ...