Dr. S. Ganapati is an Associate Professor and the former Director of the Ph.D. program in Public Affairs. He obtained his Ph.D. in Planning in 2003 from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California. Before he joined FIU in 2004, he taught at California State University, Northridge; California Polytechnic State University, Pomona; University of Southern California; and Manipal Institute of Technology (India). He was also the Assistant Director of the Center for International Policy, Planning, and Development (CIPPAD) at the University of Southern California.
Dr. S. Ganapati's research interests are both international and domestic. His research focuses on housing, community development, e-government, and information technology applications. He has over 25 refereed publications. This includes peer-reviewed articles in top-ranked research journals, such as: Housing Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (in press), Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER), Journal of the American Planning Association, Public Administration and Development, Urban Affairs Review, Government Information Quarterly, Public Policy Management Review.\ Dr. S. Ganapati has won two awards for his articles: (i) the Honorable Mention for the Chester Rapkin Award (2008) given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning; and (ii) the Jorge E. Hardoy Memorial Prize for Best Paper (1999), presented by International Sociological Association. In 2001, the California State University, Northridge gave him the "Outstanding Professor Award”. In 2012, he was awarded the Public Administration Educator of the Year Award, presented by the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Dr. S. Ganapati has carried out international projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has also conducted research projects funded by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.