Faculty

Program Director

Jonathan P. West

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

jwest@miami.edu

(305) 284-2500
Jonathan P. West earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah. He is a professor of Political Science and the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs at the University of Miami. For 40 years he...

Core Faculty

Marcia A Beck

Lecturer

m.beck3@miami.edu

(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...

Jennifer Marie Connolly

Assoc. 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...

Xue Gao

Asst. Professor

xxg277@miami.edu

Xue Gao is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. Her research examines the relationship between public policies, technology innovation and diffusion, and economic competitiveness. Her research interests mainly focus on energy and environment-related innovations. To address the challenges of...

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...

Arthur Marshall Simon

Senior Lecturer

asimon@miami.edu

(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

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...