Faculty Experts - Christine Kelleher Palus, Ph.D.

Christine Kelleher Palus, Ph.D.

Christine Kelleher Palus, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Public Administration

Area of Expertise:

  • American Government
  • State and Local Politics
  • Urban Politics
  • Women in Politics
  • Public Administration and Management


Discussing how the interests of community members are represented by state and local politicians and administrators is Dr. Palus' forte. She has also researched and written extensively about the emerging roles of women in government. Urban politics is another area of specialization. As Director of Villanova's Master of Public Administration program, Palus oversees the multidisciplinary program for students preparing for careers in public service.


  • Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Fairfield University

Selected Publications

  • Kelleher, Christine A., and David Lowery, "Central City Size, Metropolitan Institutions, and Political Participation," British Journal of Political Science, 39 (1): 59-92, January 2009.
  • Kelleher, Christine A., Yackee, Susan Webb, "A Political Consequence of Contracting: Organized Interests and State Agency Decision-Making," The Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (J-PART), 2008.
  • Kelleher, Christine, A. and Wolak, Jennifer, "Explaining Public Confidence in the Branches of State Government," Political Research Quarterly 60 (4): 707-721, 2007.
  • Kelleher, Christine A., "Regional Place and City Space: How Metropolitan Configurations Influence Central City Policy Responsiveness," Review of Policy Research 23 (6): 1159-1180, 2006.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, The University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Instructor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Research

  • Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment (IPA), Equal Opportunity Commission, 2008.
  • Villanova University Department of Political Science Research Grant, 2007.
  • Faculty Curriculum Fellowship on Catholic Social Teaching and Issues of Justice, Office for Mission Effectiveness, Villanova University, 2007.

About Villanova

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