College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Alisa Moldavanova

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Wayne State University
Public and Nonporfit management, Public Relations
PhD in Public Adminisration 2013
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Alisa Moldavanova is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Political Science Department at Wayne State University (WSU), where she teaches courses on management of public and nonprofit organizations, public personnel management, and ethics in public policy and administration. She is a graduate of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas, where she defended her PhD thesis Sustainable Public Administration: The Search for Intergenerational Fairness in 2013. Alisa’s research interests include sustainability and intergenerational justice, organization theory, public and nonprofit management, public administration theory, and public service ethics. She is currently doing research on the sustainability of arts organizations in the Detroit metropolitan area. Alisa’s work has been published in the International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, and Administration and Society. Alisa is a 2014 WSU Humanities Center Faculty Fellow and a 2014 co-recipient of the Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis (co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs).

Prior to arriving in the U.S., Alisa worked for the Ukrainian national government and nonprofit organizations, including international development programs. While in Ukraine, she obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology for her research on the psychological profile of a successful manager. Her work has been published in Ukrainian psychological journals, as well as in domestic and international conference proceedings.



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