School of Public and International Affairs
director, Master of Public Administration 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)
Professor 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, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Policy Studies Journal, Public Performance and Management 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. With Jessica Word, she is the editor of The Nonprofit Human Resource Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice (CRC Press/Routledge), which won the 2019 Best Book Award from the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR), American Society for Public Administration. With Jone Pearce, she is the author of Organizational Behavior: Real Research for Public and Nonprofit Managers (Melvin and Leigh Publishers). Current projects include a textbook on public and nonprofit human resource management, research on public leadership, executive succession in nonprofit organizations, volunteer management in fire departments, and HRM in local government. She serves on the editorial board of a number of journals in public administration and public human resource management. She is the editor-in-chief of the Review of Public Personnel Administration.