Committee members

Alasdair Roberts (Co-Chair) is the Director of the School of Public Policy at University of Massachusetts Amherst. His most recent book, Strategies for Governing: Reinventing Public Administration for a Dangerous Century, won the 2021 book award from the ASPA Section on Public Administration Research. He was elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007. Professor Roberts is a Canadian citizen. He received his law degree from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University. His website is

Mary Lee Rhodes (Co-Chair) is Associate Professor of Public Management and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Innovation at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research is focused on complex public service systems and she teaches management, social innovation and systems transformation in Trinity Business School. In addition, she regularly consults with public and non-profit organisations in relation to housing, human rights, sustainability and social innovation. She has served on a number of government and non-profit boards and committees, most recently as Chair of the interim Regulatory Committee for Approved Housing Bodies, member of the Business & Human Rights Implementation Group in Ireland and member of the Advisory Group for the National Bioeconomy Forum in Ireland.

Mohamad G. Alkadry serves as a Professor of Public Policy and an affiliated faculty of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is also Director of the School of Public Policy. His research interests include social equity and disparate outcomes of policies on individuals and communities of color. He also publishes in the areas of sustainable public procurement and gender equity. Mohamad considers himself an engaged scholar who conducts both applied and scholarly work. Dr. Alkadry is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Maria P. Aristigueta is the Dean of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and Charles P. Messick Chair of Public Administration at the University of Delaware. Her teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of public sector management and include performance measurement, strategic planning, and organizational behavior. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a past-President of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and a past-member of the Executive Council of Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Her doctorate is from the University of Southern California. 

Nisha Botchwey, PhD, began serving as Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in January 2022. Previously, Botchwey served as associate dean for academic programs at Georgia Tech Professional Education. In that role she was responsible for developing academic programs, overseeing all academic offerings and curriculum, and leading outreach and student affairs. Botchwey’s research and teaching have been at the nexus of environmental and health policy and the built environment, with a special focus on youth engagement and health equity. Botchwey earned a master’s degree and PhD in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Virginia, and an AB from Harvard University.

Michael Brintnall is a Trustee of Montgomery College, Maryland, and is former Executive Director of the American Political Science Association and of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration following earlier positions in higher education and in government. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and serves on boards for the Environmental Investigation Agency and Capital Tangueros. He was an active participant with NISPAcee for many years, and is one of the founders of the Inter-American Network for Public Administration Education, INPAE. He holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT.

György Hajnal is professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest, and director of the University’s Institute of Economic and Social Policy, and Research Professor at the ELKH Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Science Centre of Excellence. In addition to his academic positions he served as consultant to various domestic and international governmental and business entities. He has served in leading positions in the discipline’s international academic organisations, being Immediate Past President of NISPAcee (Network of Institutes and Schools in Central and Eastern Europe) and the Vice-President for Eastern Europe of IRSPM (International Research Society for Public Management).

Leslie A. Pal is Founding Dean of the College of Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar, and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Carleton University, Canada. His most recent books are Informing Action: Higher Education Countering Violent Extremism (2021), and The Future of the Policy Sciences (2021). He has served as a consultant to the Open Society Foundations, the World Bank and the OECD, among others. He was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association, and is currently Vice-President of the International Public Policy Association.

Meghna Sabharwal is a professor and program head in the public and nonprofit management program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research is focused on workforce diversity and inclusion and comparative public management. She has published three books and over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, and is the winner of three best paper awards. She is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Public HR scholar award by The Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR), ASPA. She also received the 2019 Mary Hamilton Award given by the International Chapter, ASPA. Meghna is the co-founder of the South Asian Section for Public Administration (SASPA) and the current chair of the Section on International and Comparative Public Administration (SICA).