School of Public and International Affairs
Master of Public Administration
director, M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship program
Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.P.A., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Jessica Sowa's C.V. (.pdf)
Jessica Sowa received her Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2003 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on public and nonprofit management, with an emphasis on the management of human resources (HRM) in public and nonprofit organizations, organizational effectiveness, and collaboration. Sowa’s work has been published in a number of public and nonprofit journals, including Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Public Personnel Management, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the Review of Public Personnel Administration. Current projects include an edited book on nonprofit human resource management, research on public leadership, executive succession in nonprofit organizations, volunteer retention in fire departments, and HRM in local government. Her current research project (with Sally Selden of Lynchburg College) on high performance work systems in nonprofit human service organizations was funded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of a number of journals in public administration and public human resource management.