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Lorenda A. Naylor

associate professor
School of Public and International Affairs

Additional Role:

director, B.A. in Government and Public Policy program

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.6089

Ph.D., American University
M.P.H., University of Kansas
B.S., M.P.A., Kansas State University
Lorenda A. Naylor's C.V.

After completing my undergraduate degree in social work, I worked in social services for 10 years in a variety of settings: prison, community corrections, child welfare—including foster care and abuse investigations—and public health, where I focused on maternal child health. My experience working with vulnerable and high-risk populations led me to conclude that our public policies were not only underfunded, but seriously flawed. Policy goals did not always match program or client outcomes, and programs were often contradictory. This began my quest for understanding and shaping public policy and public administration.

I enrolled in a Master of Public Administration program and took classes in the evening while maintaining my job in state government. Toward the end of my coursework, I received a fellowship to study public administration in South Africa, so I quit my government job and completed my coursework abroad. This was a life-changing experience for me. I knew when I returned stateside that I would complete my Ph.D.

My research focuses on child welfare, privatization and administrative reform.I've lectured in North America, Asia and Africa. You can find my name in the course schedule teaching classes in Innovations in Public Management, Public Policymaking, Legal and Ethical Environment of Public Administration, Public Organization and Health Policy. Undergraduate government courses include American Public Policy and Bureaucracy and Public Policymaking.

I live in the Baltimore area with my two children and family cat. I'm an avid animal lover and enjoy being in nature. If you drop by my office, you will find pictures of me with lions, elephants and koala bears. In addition, I enjoy international travel, scuba diving and hiking. I am a weight lifter and I practice yoga.