Sonia M. Ospina

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Professor of Public Management and Policy

Sonia M. Ospina is Professor of Public Management and Policy in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She is also co-founder and Faculty Co-Director of the Wagner affiliated Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA). She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

 

A sociologist by training, she applies organization and management theories to public problem solving and governance, in the United States and in Latin America. These interests are reflected in three areas of scholarship: leadership and social transformation (exploring the civil society side of governance); change in public management systems (exploring the State side of governance); and the craft of qualitative research (exploring research solutions to studying these areas and their intersections). She is the author of numerous referred journal articles and book chapters on these areas, and has produced six books, among them, Illusions of Opportunity: Employee Expectations and Workplace Inequality (1996), Results-oriented Evaluation for a Modern and Democratic Public Management: Latin American Experiences(2003, in Spanish; co-authored), and Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Conversation Across Perspectives (2012, co-edited).

 

Over the past decade, Professor Ospina directed a Ford Foundation-sponsored multi-year, national research project, partnering with 92 social change organizations in the United States to study their leadership and contributions to democracy. Using traditional and participatory research, this work yielded practitioner booklets and pedagogical materials, as well as peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including a co-edited book on relational leadership, and another, in process, on social change leadership in the nonprofit sector. During this time Ospina also explored governance and accountability issues associated with public management reform in Latin America, using comparative research methods to study the institutionalization of national public management evaluation systems.

 

Before leading RCLA, Professor Ospina also participated in the leadership of the Wagner School, directing its Doctoral Program and its Management Specialization. She has been the President of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE), and a member of the Executive Boards of the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).  She sits in several international boards on public management and higher education in various Latin American countries and was recently elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in the United States.

 

Presently, she is co-editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), co-editor of the book review section of Public Administration Review (PAR), and member of the editorial board of several other academic journals, including four in Latin America.


Sonia M. Ospina

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    295 Lafayette Street, Room 3075
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