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‌Jennifer Connolly, Ph.D.


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Jennifer M. Connolly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. Jennifer currently teaches courses in the MPA program and has experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has previously taught courses in statistics for policy and management and government and business. Jennifer completed her PhD in Public Management and Policy from the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, titled, “The Risks and Rewards of City Management: How City Managers Evaluate the Nature of the Job and Compensation” sheds light on how economic, political, and financial conditions at the municipal level impact the shifting of risk between appointed city managers and elected councils. Jennifer’s research interests include political institutions, public management, local government management, and distributive public policy. She has published articles on the measurement of accountability concepts in public administration and on the impact of political and administrative factors on the distribution of grants in the UK. Along with her co-authors, Jennifer is the winner of the 2012 Herbert Kaufman Award for Best Paper presented at the 2011 American Political Science Association Annual Conference. She is currently working on a project which focuses on how political institutions influence public policies at the local level, particularly in the context of local government service provision and resource allocation. She has experience in survey research and methodology, having worked with the Elon University Poll, the UGA Survey Research Center, the USC/LA Times Poll, and the California Public Officials Survey sponsored by the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. 


Public Management, public administration, local government management, urban government and policy, local budgeting and financial management, political institutions, and distributive public policy


POL 321 Public Policy and Administration
POL 510 Political Analysis


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