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Department of Political Science

Josephine Gatti Schafer

Josephone Schafer

Josephine Gatti Schafer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University.  She earned her B.A. and MPA from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and her Ph.D in Public Affairs from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012.

Schafer’s research focuses on public management and decision making with a special emphasis on how stakeholders may affect managerial decision making. For instance, recent research explores the ways in which stakeholders can be included in decision making processes and the extent of their impact on decision making. Often she explores these issues in the context of local governance and environmental policy.

Recent research is set to appear in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Public Performance and Management Review, and Public Administration Quarterly. 

She teaches courses in public administration including public organization theory, strategic management and leadership in public bureaucracies.  She is focused on providing MPA students applied experiences in order to prepare them for a rewarding career in public service. For instance, she and MPA students recently collaborated with the City of Manhattan, Kansas to conduct a community survey.  Schafer also recently published an article about her use of case studies in the MPA classroom in the journal Teaching Public Administration.