Josephine Schafer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University focusing on public administration. 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. Schafer’s research interest is policy adoption and management in local government. Her dissertation explores how local government managers make decisions that affect the environmental quality of their community. She is currently expanding on this research in order to identify strategies including collaborating with other public organizations to improve the decision process. Through research, Schafer hopes to support and inform current and future public managers.
Schafer teaches courses in public administration including public organization theory, leadership in public bureaucracies and public budgeting. She is focused on providing MPA students applied experiences in order to prepare them for a rewarding career in public service.