About Us

The Department of Public Policy and Administration (PPA) is a hub for nationally recognized research, relevant, student-centric academics, and informed and impactful community engagement. PPA Faculty are frequent contributors to leading journals. Our graduates assume leadership roles in public and nonprofit agencies throughout South Florida and the United States. PPA faculty play leading roles in the American Society for Public Administration and Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. They also provide policy guidance to senior managers and elected officials in Florida, the United States, and Latin America.

Diversity and equity have been cornerstones of the Department since its inception in 1978. Our presence in Miami provides a living laboratory for America’s future demographics, and we have embraced our region as a testing ground for policy innovations leading to a more resilient and inclusive America.

We are proud to provide a glimpse of the many achievements of a remarkable faculty and student body. Our work at one of America’s youngest and most dynamic public research universities is a pillar of hope amidst the pandemic. Our Department’s trajectory in the coming years is clearly upward. 

With warm regards,

Dr. Shaoming Cheng,
Professor and Chair,
Department of Public Policy and Administration