Matthew S. Mingus

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Matthew S. Mingus
Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration and Professor of Public Administration
(269) 387-8946
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3306 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5440
Mailing address: 
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5440 USA
  • Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Colorado, 1999
  • M.P.A., University of Victoria, 1991
  • B.A., Public Affairs and Speech Communications, University of Denver, 1988
Research interests: 
  • Comparative public adminstration
  • Comparative systems of decentralization
  • U.S.-Canadian relations, borders and changing nature of national sovereignty

Matthew S. Mingus holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and speech communications. He is the director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration. His research, taking him to China, Iraq, and Canada, has increasingly focused on comparative federalism and other models of decentralized administration. In 2005-06 he was the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance, in 2009-10 he served as a Senior Governance Specialist for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq, and in 2013-14 he was a visiting professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Dr. Mingus’ teaching experience and interests include:

  • PADM 2000: Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Services
  • PADM 6000: Fundamentals and Ethics of Public Service
  • PADM 6020: Public Policy and Politics
  • PADM 6060: Applied Research Methods
  • PADM 6610: Intellectual History of Public Administration
  • PADM 6660: Contemporary Issues in Public Management
  • PADM 6800: Capstone Portfolio II
  • PADM 6970 Dissertation Seminar
  • PADM 7300: Doctoral Dissertation