Associate Professor; Director, Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program
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Research Interests: Organizational and individual ethics, workplace rules, bureaucratic red tape, human resources management, governmental transparency


  • BA, Rutgers University
  • MPA, Rutgers University
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas

Dr. Borry received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in May 2013. Her research investigates public sector rules, rule behavior, red tape, and social equity. She has also published work in governmental transparency. In 2015, Dr. Borry was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s grant, which allowed her to explore the utility of the NBC series Parks and Recreation for the public administration classroom. Her work has appeared in Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, Public Integrity, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Review of Public Personnel Administration. In 2018, Dr. Borry received the Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award by the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) at Arizona State University. She also earned the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB.

Dr. Borry currently serves as Associate Editor for the Social Science Journal, on the Editorial Board of Public Integrity, and as board member of Academic Women in Public Administration (AWPA), the ASPA Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance (SEIGov), and the ASPA Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA). She is also a research fellow with the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) at Arizona State University, an affiliated researcher with the Local Government Workplace Initiative (LGWI) out of University of North Carolina, and a member of Scholars Strategy Network’s Alabama Chapter.

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  • Human Resources Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations 
  • Open Government
  • Scope of Public Administration
  • Administrative Ethics

Book Chapters
  • "Exploring Determinants of Governmental Transparency: The Case of Proactive Dissemination," in E-Governance and Civic Engagement: Factors and Determinants of E-Democracy, Marc Holzer & Aroon Manoharan, eds. (IGI Global, 2012), 25-47.
  • Suzanne J. Piotrowski and Erin L. Borry, "Transparency and Local Government Websites," in Handbook of Research on Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies, Volume 1, C. G. Reddick, ed. (Information Science Reference, 2009), 391–407.

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