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Faculty and Staff
The core faculty members include:

  • Greg Andranovich, Ph.D. (UC Riverside, 1984). Professor. Urban and Policy Analysis. Dr. Andranovich's website.

  • Naomi J. Caiden, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 1979). Professor. Public Administration, Public Policy, Budgeting and Finance.

  • Siegrun Fox Freyss, Ph.D. (Claremont Graduate School, 1978) Professor. Public Administration, Nonprofit Sector, Urban Studies, Women's Studies. Dr. Freyss' website.

  • Stephen K. Ma, Ph.D. (University of Alberta, 1994). Professor. Public Administration, Comparative Administration, Organizational Behavior, Comparative Development, International Relations, Comparative Politics. Politics and Administration of Pacific Rim Nations. Dr. Ma's website.

  • Ellen Shiau, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 2012). Assistant Professor. Urban Politics and Policy, Civic Engagement, Non-Profit Organizations, GIS Methods and Analysis.

The public administration faculty have won national and local awards attesting to the quality of their instructional performance, scholarship, and professional activities.

Dr. Andranovich's paper "Olympic Cities: Lessons Learned from Mega-Event Politics" received the best paper award at the 2000 annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association. The paper was later published in the Journal of Urban Affairs. He garnered CSULA's award for Outstanding Professor in 2005-06. He was elected to the Urban Affairs Association Governing Board, 2011-14

Dr. Caiden was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Award for her contributions to budgeting and financial management in 1993 and the William Mosher Award for the most meritorious article by an academician to appear in the Public Administration Review in 1980. She also received the National Distinguished Service Award in recognition of outstanding academic contributions and leadership by the American Association for Budget and Program Analysis in 1981 and 1991. CSU San Bernardino awarded her Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise awards on three occasions, in 1984, 1986 and 1987. She also received the Dean's Research Award by the CSU San Bernardino in 1986, 1987, and 1990. In June, 1993, CSU San Bernardino gave her an Outstanding Service Award for Twelve Years of Outstanding Service to the Department of Public Administration, the School of Business and Public Administration and to CSU San Bernardino from 1981 through 1993.

Dr. Freyss’ paper "Who Opposes Public/Private Financial Partnerships for Urban Renewal?” was recognized as one of the best papers presented at the 1984 conference of the Urban Affairs Association and published in a special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs. She also won an award for the best book review essay in the 1987 volume of the Public Administration Review. At Texas Tech University she received an award in 1995 as the Graduate Student Association Professor of the Year (MPA) and won the Pi Alpha Alpha Distinguished Professor Award in 1994-1995. Her article “"Municipal Government Personnel Systems -- A Test of Two Archetypical Models," published originally in the fall 1995 issue of the Review of Public Personnel Administration, was reprinted in the 2003 anthology Local Government Management -- An ASPA Classics Volume, which “includes thirty of the most outstanding journal articles that have been published over the past sixty years.” Dr. Freyss received the 2012 Chapter Development Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Dr. Ma is a twice recipient of the Fulbright Senior Specialists grant by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Dr. Shiau begins her career at Cal State LA with a competitive minigrant from the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute's Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement program, funded by The California Endowment's funding for the Boyle Heights Building Healthy Communities Program.


The core faculty are augmented by a pool of part-time instructors, all of whom have substantial experience in governmental administration. Their names, degrees, positions, fields of expertise, and courses they have taught or will teach are as follows:

  • Gerald Bonetto, Ph.D. (Claremont Graduate School). Director of Public Affairs, Printing Industries Association of California. Public policy, intergovernmental relations, state and local government, California government, economic development.

  • William A. Bruce, MSPA (CSULA). Budget Director, Department of Community Development, City of Los Angeles. Budgeting and Financial Management.

  • Miriam H. Caiden, Ph.D. (Social Policy and Administration, London School of Economics). Third sector and nonprofit organizations.

  • Robert Dickey, MSPA (CSULA). Director, Public Works, City of South Gate. Urban Management.

  • Thomas E. Lynch, MPA (CSUEB). Assistant City Manager, City of Norwalk. Community Development.

  • Michael Paules. MPA (USC). City Manager, City of San Gabriel. Public Management.

  • Atsuko Sato, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2002). Public Policy, Methodology, Environmental Policy/Politics, Gender Policy/Politics, and Global Politics

Another faculty member who assists with the program, particularly for internships, is: Dr. Raphael Sonenshein (Ph.D., Yale University), Professor of Political Science and Executive Director, the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs.

More information about all faculty can be found here.