September 2020 PAR Symposium


 Public Administration Review (PAR) Symposium

Beyond Representative Bureaucracy: Race, Gender, and Social Equity in Governance

Join the event!

See the schedule below for room and panel information

Friday, September 25

Room 1 - Password: GWPAR

Room 2 - Password: Room2 (For Panel 5)


Saturday, September 26

Room 1 - Password: GWPAR

Room 2 - Password: Room2 (For Panels 7 and 9)


Join us virtually at the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

September 25-26, 2020 

Symposium Organizers / Guest Editors: 
Leisha DeHart-Davis: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Jasmine Johnson, Kathryn Newcomer and Sanjay Pandey: George Washington University

and Norma Riccucci: Rutgers University, Newark



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Race, Gender, and Social Equity in Governance Symposium: Scope and Objectives

Well into the 21st century, race and gender continue to be major fault lines that continue to shape and have an impact on our lived experiences.  Friction along these fault surfaces have created social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave voice to the longing for gender balance on the US Supreme Court in 2012 remarks, “And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say when there are nine, people are shocked.”  Nine men serving on the bench, for most of the history, were accepted in a matter of fact manner.  DeHart-Davis and Colleagues (forthcoming) call upon public administration scholars to question taken-for-granted assumptions and move beyond well-worn and comfortable theoretical perspectives.     

With Public Administration Review’s sponsorship, we have organized a symposium to convene scholars to address the disconnect between the intensity and urgency of social concerns and the state of academic scholarship.  The state of scholarship on race and gender in public policy and public administration remains fragmented and somewhat disconnected with broader concerns in society.  Although there are some scholars conducting research relevant to race and gender in public policy and administration, these efforts do not always inform each other and fail to synergistically work to create a virtuous circle. In order to move scholarship forward, we called for papers that focus on race, gender, and social equity to frame the symposium to be held virtually from The George Washington University on September 25-26, 2020.

The purpose of the September 25-26, 2020 symposium is to inspire and share research that frames public administration and policy research on race and gender using a social equity lens.  


Race, Gender, and Social Equity in Governance Symposium September 25-26, 2020 Schedule

*All times are Eastern Standard Time*

Friday, September 25, 2020


Room 1

Panel 1:  Racial and Gender Equity and Equality, Chair: Donald Moynihan

  1. Illuminating Whiteness and shifting definitions of 'the problem' through community deliberations following a police shooting 
    • Presenter: Kathy Quick  
    • Discussant: Donald Moynihan
  2. Delegating Equity: Organizational Collaboration and Implications for Racial/Ethnic Disparities
    • Presenter: Breanca Merrit
    • Discussant: Erynn Beaton   
  3. Implementing Gender Equality: The Role of Gender-Responsive Budgeting
    • Presenter: John Bartle
    • Discussant: K. Juree Capers  
  4. Racializing the Administrative State: How Administrative Burdens Reinforce Racial Inequality
    • Presenter: Pam Herd   
    • Discussant: Marilyn Rubin
  5. Sexual Harassment as a Social Inequity Driven by Power.
    • Presenter: Erynn Beaton 
    • Discussant: Kathy Quick


Room 1

Panel 2: Representative Bureaucracy, Chair: Norma Riccucci

  1. A Gendered Interaction: Representative Bureaucracy and Family Planning Service Delivery in Tanzania
    • Presenter: Sebawit Bishu  
    • Discussant: Apolonia Calderon
  2. Representative Bureaucracy: History and Prospects for African American Leaders in American Foreign Policy
    • Presenter: Jennifer Brinkerhoff   
    • Discussant: Alex Osei-Kojo
  3. Breaking Down the Wall: The Intersection of Representative Bureaucracy and Philanthropic Services on Undocumented Student Academic Performance
    • Presenter: Apolonia Calderon    
    • Discussant: Domonic Bearfield 
  4. The Myth of Representation: Identity and Workplace Expectations in Public Administration
    • Presenter: Domonic Bearfield   
    • Discussant:  Jennifer Brinkerhoff

1:30 pm

Room 1

1. PAR Editors Speak on Process and Timeline

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Room 1

Panel 3: Race and Gender in the Public Administration Discipline Chair: Ken Meier

  1. Race and Gender in Contemporary Public Policy and Public Administration Scholarship: Assessing with Topic Modeling and Bibliometric Methods 
    • Presenter:  Amy Smith
    • Discussant: Stephanie Dolamore
  2. Institutional Racism as a Wicked Problem of its Own
    • Presenter: Grant Blume
    • Discussant: Jeffrey Fair
  3. Making Meaning Out of Words: The Transformation of Values from 1789 to 2020
    • Presenter: Maren Trochmann
    • Discussant: Staci Zavattaro
  4. More than Race and Gender: Revisiting Intersectionality in the Scholarship and Practice of Public Administration
    • Presenter: Geoff Whitebread 
    • Discussant: Mary Guy
  5. Performing Wokeness: Implications for Public Administration
    • Presenter:  Staci Zavattaro
    • Discussant: Grant Blume


Room 1

Panel 4: Race, Gender and Leadership Chair: Kathy Newcomer

  1. What does it take to be an inclusive leader? Unraveling determinants of inclusive leadership in public organizations
    • Presenter: Tanachia Ashikali
    • Discussant: Mildred Warner
  2. Birds of a Feather? Homophily in Nonprofit Leadership
    • Presenter: Lindsey Evans
    • Discussant: Tanachia Ashikali 
  3. Falling through the Cracks: Conflicted Managerial Experiences of Women in Municipal Leadership
    • Presenter: Meghna Sabharwal
    • Discussant: Lindsey Evans   
  4. Age-Friendly Cities – Do Female Managers Matter?
    • Presenter:  Xue Zhang
    • Discussant: Adalmir Gomes
  5. Drivers of Pro-Women Institutions: The Brazilian Case (2013 and 2018)
    • Presenter:  Claudia Avellaneda
    • Discussant: Sebawit Bishu

Panel 5: Race and Gender in Public Service Delivery Chair: Burt Barnow

Room 2

  1. Undermining the Social Welfare State through Investigating Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
    • Presenter:  Heath Brown
    • Discussant: Mitchell Berg
  2. Complex Diffusion of Complex Governance Arrangements: State Approaches to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence
    • Presenter: Daniel Fay
    • Discussant: Heath Brown
  3. A Paradox of Race in Public Service Provision? Nonprofit Density and Distributional Equity in Urban Park Access 
    • Presenter: Yuan Cheng
    • Discussant: Tian Tang
  4. Promoting Tribal, County, and Municipal Relations 
    • Presenter: Mitchell Berg
    • Discussant: Daniel Fay
  5. Toward Individual Equity in the Era of Big Data: An Approach to Estimate Individual Needs Using Machine Learning
    • Presenter: Kewei 'Corey' Xu
    • Discussant: Lauryn King 


Saturday, September 26, 2020


Room 1

Panel 6: Race and Gender in Nonprofits Chair:  Jasmine Johnson

  1. Equitable Decision Making in Community Foundation Boardrooms 
    • Presenter: Lauren Azevedo
    • Discussant: Julia L. Carboni
  2. Perspectives of the LGB population by Government and Nonprofit Professionals on the Continent of Africa
    • Presenter: Seth Meyer
    • Discussant: Lauren Dula
  3. Who is Giving to Women and Girls and People of Color? Using QCA to Get Beyond Average Effects
    • Presenter: Julia L. Carboni
    • Discussant: Seth Meyer
  4. Community Driven Board Gender Composition in United Way
    • Presenter: Lauren Dula
    • Discussant: Andrew Bell

Panel 7: Intersectionality   Chair: Anil Nathan

Room 2

  1. Intersectionality and the U.S. Social Safety Net: Experiences of Transgender Women of Color in Human Support Services
    • Presenter: Adam Butz
    • Discussant: Jill Nicholson-Crotty
  2. Intersectional Lens Adopted in Service Delivery by NPOs: A Case Study of Local Development in Upper Egypt
    • Presenter: Laila El Baradei
    • Discussant: Cynthia Barboza-Wilkes
  3. Identity, Intersectionality and Decision-making: Race and Gender on Police and Citizen Interactions
    • Presenter: Danyao Li
    • Discussant: Laila El Baradei
  4. Applying an Intersectional Understanding of Extra Work Behavior and Emotional Burnout in Local Public Service
    • Presenter: Cynthia Barboza-Wilkes
    • Discussant: Adam Butz
  5. Black Women in the Military: Prevalence, Characteristics, & Consequences of Sexual Harassment
    • Presenter: Rachel Breslin 
    • Discussant: Brian An


Room 1

Panel 8: Race and Gender in Policing  Chair: Lori Brainard

  1. Gender Representation: A Tool to De-Masculinize Police Organizations
    • Presenter: Sebawit Bishu
    • Discussant: James Wright
  2. Representative Bureaucracy and Diversity Management: A Case Study of the Ferguson Police Department
    • Presenter: Ashlerose Francia
    • Discussant: Alan Kennedy
  3. How visible is too visible? Black Lives Matter protest and citizens expectations of the police
    • Presenter: Ken Dukes
    • Discussant: Andrea M. Headley
  4. Addressing Violence against Women through Feminine Public Organizations: Evidence from Women Police Stations
    • Presenter: Sandro Cabral
    • Discussant: Ashlerose Francia
  5. Accountability at the Street-Level: Minority Representation and Police Civilian Review Boards 
    • Presenter: Andrea M. Headley
    • Discussant: Sandro Cabral

Panel 9: Race, Gender and Workplace Climate Chair: Dylan Conger

Room 2

  1. Testing Antecedents of Diversity Climate: The Roles of Voice, Centralization and Teamwork
    • Presenter: Zhongnan Jiang   
    • Discussant: Meghna Sabharwal
  2. A Numbers Game? Impact of Diversity on The Perception of Organizational Justice
    • Presenter: Trang Hoang 
    • Discussant: Leisha DeHart-Davis
  3. How Included Are You?: The Effect of Power Structure, Network Characteristics, and Demographic Characteristics on The Sense of Inclusion
    • Presenter:  Heyjie Jung
    • Discussant: Hongseok Lee
  4. Sexual Harassment Experiences in the U.S. Federal Government: Do Workgroup Gender Context and Organizational Climate Matter?
    • Presenter: Hongseok Lee
    • Discussant: Eric Welch


Panel 10: Race, Gender and Public Service Careers   Chair:  Leisha DeHart-Davis

Room 1

  1. Is There a Glass Cliff in Municipal Management? Examining the Hiring and Departure of Female City Managers  
    • Presenter: Kate Yang
    • Discussant: Helisse Levine
  2. Race, Career Paths, and Bureaucratic Ambition
    • Presenter: Kristen Carroll
    • Discussant: Jodi Benenson
  3. Second Generation Gender Bias and Career Advancement: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Lived Experiences of U.S. State Level Managers
    • Presenter:  Meghna Sabharwal
    • Discussant: Margaret Smith
  4. Some Parents Survive and Some Don’t: The Army and the Family as “Greedy Institutions”
    • Presenter: Eiko Strader
    • Discussant: Kristen Carroll
  5. The Impact of National Service on Employment by Gender, Race, and Sector: A Field Experiment
    • Presenter: Jodi Benenson
    • Discussant: Kate Yang


Room 1

Panel 11: Race, Gender and Public Sector Organizational Behavior Chair: -Mary Tschirhart

  1. Who Abides by Workplace Rules? An Examination of Gender and Gender Congruence in Rule Following
    • Presenter: Jaclyn Piatak
    • Discussant: Leonor Camarena
  2. Assessing Gender Equity in the Workplace using the Federal Work-Life Survey: A Primer
    • Presenter: Jung Ah (Claire) Yun
    • Discussant:  Zach Mohr 
  3. Diversity by generation: Are diverse networks related to psychosocial outcomes?
    • Presenter: Leonor Camarena
    • Discussant: Sharon Gilad
  4. Intersectionality and Unequal Treatment: Who Deserves to be Categorized as Disabled?
    • Presenter: Sharon Gilad
    • Discussant: Shilpa Viswanath 

5:00 pm

Room 1

1. Conversation with PAR Editors about Supporting Race and Gender Scholarship

PAR Roundtable on Looking Forward: Paul Battaglio and Jeremy Hall, and Apolonia Calderon, Cullen Merritt, Andrea Headley, Rachel Breslin, Amy Smith, Sebawit Bishu, James Wright, Charles Menifield and Kathryn Newcomer