Our Faculty

Marcia A Beck



(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


(305) 284-2401
Jennifer M. Connolly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. She received her PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Dr. Connolly’s research examines the impact of city manager turnover on local fiscal...

Michael E. Milakovich

Assoc. Professor


(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



(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...

Cole Donovan Taratoot

POL_Asst. Professor_Public Admin


Cole D. Taratoot is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. Dr. Taratoot teaches courses in the MPA program and the undergraduate political science program.  His research focuses on the federal judiciary, bureaucracy, and public law with a specialty in administrative law. Previously an...

Michael Touchton

Asst. Professor
Global Health Associate Faculty Lead - UMIA


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

Chair, Political Science
Director, MPA Program
Secondary Appointments In Management (SBA)


(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. ...