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Erin L. Borry

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage Hall 409
(205) 996-2159

Research and Teaching Interests: Organizational and individual ethics, workplace rules and red tape, rule behavior, public administration in pop culture, social equity, human resources management, governmental transparency

Office Hours: By Appointment


  • BA, Rutgers University – Newark
  • MPA, Rutgers University – Newark
  • PhD, University of Kansas

Dr. Borry (she/her/hers) has been teaching in the UAB MPA program since 2013. Her research investigates public sector rule behavior, red tape, public administration in pop culture, and social equity. 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, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Public Management Review, Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, Public Integrity, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and more. 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 has won several awards for her research, teaching, and service, including the 2019 UAB College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2022 ASPA Alabama chapter’s Faculty Academic Excellence Award.

Dr. Borry currently serves on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review, Journal of Social Equity in Public Administration, Social Science Journal, and Public Performance & Management Review. She has served on the executive committee of the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECoPA) and on section boards within the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). She is 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, a scientist with UAB’s Social Science and Justice Research, and a member of Scholars Strategy Network’s Alabama Chapter.