Michelle Pautz

Assistant Professor
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.

Recent Publications

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. 2009. "Key considerations for the future of American environmental policy." Public Administration Review, 69, 5 (September/October): 985-988.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2009. "Often Neglected Issues in the Pursuit of Next-Generation Environmental Policies." PA Times, 32, 4 (April): 3.

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.

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

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.

Eikenberry, Angela M. and Michelle C. Pautz. 2008. "Administrative Reform in the United States: Toward Partnership in Governance." Handbook of Administrative Reform: An International Perspective. Jerri Killian and Niklas Eklund, eds. New York: CRC Press. 197-213.

Pautz, Michelle C. 2002. "The Decline in Average Weekly Cinema Attendance, 1930-2000." Issues in Political Economy, 12 (Summer): 54-65.

Recent Presentations, Performances or Exhibitions
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."

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

Media Expertise