Professor Steven Balla

Steven Balla

Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Monroe Hall
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-4811
Fax: 202-994-7743
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • American politics
  • Chinese politics
  • Public participation in the policymaking process
  • Regulation
  • Technology and politics

Steven J. Balla is Associate Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs, and a Senior Scholar at the George Washington Regulatory Studies Center.  He researches public participation in policymaking in the United States and China.  He has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, drawing on his research on public commenting in the U.S. rulemaking process to make recommendations for how to improve stakeholder engagement in regulatory policymaking.  He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in China on two occasions, at Peking University in Beijing and Nankai University in Tianjin.  He is currently working on a project on mass comment campaigns in American rulemaking and a book on the Internet and political reform in China.


PhD, Political Science, Duke University
MA, Political Science, Duke University
BA, Government and Economics, Franklin and Marshall College


Selected Publications

Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance (Sage/CQ Press) (with William T. Gormley, Jr., Georgetown)

"Is Consultation the 'New Normal?': Online Policymaking and Governance Reform in China" (Journal of Chinese Political Science)

The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration (Oxford University Press) (with Martin Lodge and Edward C. Page, London School of Economics)

Personal Interests

  • Travel
  • Sports (biking, hiking, running, working out)
  • Faith-based activities
  • Service
  • Eating bar-b-que and hot pot of all types


Fulbrights: 2008-2009 Peking University; 2015-2016 Nankai University

Classes Taught

 PSC 8217  Executive Branch Politics
 PSC 8229  Politics and Public Policy