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Karen Baehler Associate Dean of Faculty & Scholar in Residence Department of Public Administration and Policy

Ph.D. and M.P.P., University of Maryland, College Park

B.A., St. Olaf College

Karen Baehler's teaching and research focuses on the craft of policy analysis and the intersection between public policy and public administration, with applications to the social and environmental policy sectors. She currently leads a research team examining equity issues associated with replacement of lead water pipes. Prof. Baehler is co-author of Adding Value to Policy Analysis and Advice (University of New South Wales Press, 2010), which presents an innovative, systems-based approach to policy analysis. Her other publications include three books, 15 refereed journal articles, and seven book chapters. Recent work has been published in Social Service Review, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Environmental Policy and Governance, Ecology and Society, and Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Prof. Baehler has over 20 years’ experience teaching courses in policy analysis and the policy process at the doctoral, masters, executive-training, and undergraduate levels in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. Prior to joining American University, she served on the faculties of the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), Melbourne, Australia. Her professional experience includes ten years in Washington, D.C. think tanks.
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