Michelle Pautz

Associate Professor; Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science

Profile

Michelle Pautz received her B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and Public Administration from Elon University in 2003. She then went on to receive her MPA from Virginia Tech in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Virginia Tech in 2008. She teaches and conducts research in environmental policy and regulation, government reform and accountability, and film and politics. Prior to joining the UD faculty, Dr. Pautz taught at Elon University, Ferrum College, and Virginia Tech. She also worked for the Virginia Department of Environment Quality and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Courses Taught

  • The American Political System
  • Introduction to Public Administration (Undergraduate and Graduate Program)
  • Program Evaluation
  • Environmental Policy

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2008
  • MPA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2008
  • B.A., Elon University 2003

Professional Activities

  • Member of American Society of Public Administration
  • Rivers Institute
  • Sustainability, Energy and Environment Initiative
  • Faculty Advisor for Pi Alpha Alpha

Research Interests

  • Environmental Policy and Regulation
  • Government Reform and Accountability
  • Film and Politics

Selected Presentations

Southeastern Conference for Public Administration Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, October 1-3, 2009, "Perceptions of the Regulated Community in Environmental Policy: The View from Below."

Southeastern Conference for Public Administration Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, October 1-3, 2009, "Returning to Our Roots: Reexamining the Roles of Environmental Inspectors for the Future of Environmental Regulation."

Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2-5, 2009, "Next Generation Environmental Policy and the Implications for Environmental Inspectors: The Death of Inspectors?"

American Society for Public Administration's 70th Annual National Conference, Miami, Florida, March 20-24, 2009, "Are They Ready for Their Close-Up? Civil Servants and Their Portrayal in Contemporary American Cinema." Co-presented with Laura Roselle.

Public Administration Theory Network's 21st Annual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, May 29-30, 2008, "Excluded from the Environmental Public Sphere: The Public and Inspectors." Co-presented with Marcy H. Schnitzer.

Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 3-6, 2008, "Adversarial or Not Adversarial? The Nature of the Relationships Between Environmental Compliance Inspectors and Regulated Officials."

Southeastern Conference for Public Administration Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, September 26-30, 2007, "The Perils of 21st Century Reform: Sarbanes-Oxley and the Relentless Pursuit of Accountability." Co-presented with C. Patrick Washington.

American Society for Public Administration's 68th Annual National Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25-27, 2007, "Neo-Liberal Reforms, a Growing Role for Civil Society, and Implications for Public Administration and Democratic Governance." Co-presented with Angela Eikenberry.

Southeastern Conference for Public Administration Conference, Athens, Georgia, September 27-30, 2006,"Environmental Compliance Inspectors as Boundary Spanners: Restoring Trust in the Environmental Regulatory System."

American Society for Public Administration's 67th Annual National Conference, Denver, Colorado, March 31-April 4, 2006, "Empowering Human Service Program and Process Improvement through Cooperative Third Party Evaluation and Technical Assistance: Pulaski County's Implementation of the Comprehensive Services Act." Co-presented with John Bumgarner.

Eastern Economic Association 28th Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 15-17, 2002, "The Decline in Average Weekly Cinema Attendance, 1930-2000."

Selected Publications

Books

Rinfret, Sara R. and Michelle C. Pautz.  2015 (forthcoming). US Environmental Policy:  21st Century Implementation and Practice. New York: Palgrave.

Pautz, Michelle C. and Sara R. Rinfret.  2013. The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators. New York: Routledge.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Rinfret, Sara, Jeffrey J. Cook, and Michelle C. Pautz. 2014. "Understanding State Rulemaking Processes: Developing Fracking Rules in Colorado, New York, and Ohio." Review of Policy Research 31, 2 (March):  88-104.

Pautz, Michelle C.  2014. "Civil Servants on the Silver Screen: The Depiction of Government in American and Australian Cinema." International Journal of Public Administration 37, 3 (February): 141-154.

Pautz, Michelle C. and Megan K. Warnement.  2013. "Government on the Silver Screen: Contemporary American Cinema’s Depiction of Attractive, Capable Bureaucrats, Incompetent Cops, and Brave Soldiers." PS: Political Science & Politics 46, 3 (July):  569-579.

Hoflund, A. Bryce and Michelle C. Pautz.  2013. "Improving Food Safety through Self-Regulation: Experiences with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Systems in the Produce Industries." Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 2, 1 (May):  17-30.

Rinfret, Sara R. and Michelle C. Pautz. 2013. "Attitudes and Perspectives of Front-line Workers in Environmental Policy:  A Case Study of Ohio EPA and Wisconsin DNR." Journal of Public Affairs 13, 1 (February):  111-122.

Pautz, Michelle C. and Carolyn Slott Wamsley. 2012. "Pursuing Trust in Environmental Regulatory Interactions: The Significance of Inspectors’ Interactions with the Regulated Community."  Administration & Society, 44, 7 (October):  853-884.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2012. "Their Views Matter: Front-line Environmental Regulators’ Perceptions of the Regulated Community in Ohio." Policy Studies Journal 40, 2 (May):  302-323.

Pautz, Michelle C. and Sara R. Rinfret.  2011." Making Sense of the Front-lines: Environmental Inspectors in Ohio and Wisconsin." Journal of Environmental Studies & Sciences 1, 4 (December):  277-288.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2011. "Reconsidering Accountability for Environmental Inspectors: Trading 'Compliance by Computer' for Relationship Building. Public Administration Quarterly 35, 3 (Fall): 361-399.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2011. "Challenging the Constitution: Convening a Mock Constitutional Convention for American Government Students." PS: Political Science & Politics 44, 3 (July): 648-651.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2010. "Front-line Regulators and their Approach to Environmental Regulation in Southwest Ohio." Review of Policy Research. 27, 6 (November): 761-780.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2010. "Next Generation Environmental Policy and the Implications for Environmental Inspectors: Are Fears of Regulatory Capture Warranted?"  Environmental Practice 12, 3 (September):  247-259.

Pautz, Michelle C. and Laura Roselle. 2010. "Are They Ready for Their Close-Up?  Civil Servants and their Portrayal in Contemporary American Cinema." Public Voices 11, 1 (Winter):  8-32.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2009. "Trust Between Regulators and the Regulated: A Case Study of Environmental Inspectors and Facility Personnel in Virginia." Politics & Policy 37, 5 (October): 1047-1072.

Pautz, Michelle C. and C. "Patrick Washington. 2009. Sarbanes-Oxley and the Relentless Pursuit of Government Accountability: The Perils of 21st Century Reform."  Administration & Society, 41, 6 (October):  651-673.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2009. "Perceptions of the Regulated Community in Environmental Policy: The View from Below."  Review of Policy Research 26, 5 (September):  533-550.

Pautz, Michelle C. and Marcy H. Schnitzer. 2008. "Policymaking from Below: The Role of Environmental Inspectors and Publics."  Administrative Theory & Praxis 30, 4 (December):  450-475.

Media Expertise