Dr. Goerdel is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the contribution of public management to organizational performance, as well as the perceived and actual value of collaboration in interdisciplinary problem solving in the public sector. She has applied both quantitative and qualitative research approaches to confront timely questions of interest to managers, policymakers, and the public in the domains of public education, public health, homeland security governance, and terrorism intelligence and information sharing. Her research has been published in the Journal of Public Administration, Research & Theory, Public Administration Review, and Public Performance & Management Review.
Dr. Goerdel earned a Ph.D. in political science at Texas A&M University, specializing in public policy, public administration, and comparative politics. She values opportunities to connect her academic efforts to the real world of policy and management, with the hope of serving the public interest in the process.