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Professor of Public Administration

M.P.A. Director


  • Ph.D., (Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Policy, Public Administration), 1995, The University of Georgia
  • M.P.A., (General Public Administration), 1989, University of Memphis
  • B.A., Political Science (Public Policy concentration), 1984, Rhodes College

Teaching Specialties

  • Special Topics: Politics and Popular Culture of the Twenties, Thirties, Sixties, Seventies and Eighties
  • Public Budgeting & Finance
  • Seminar in Human Resource Administration
  • Women and Politics (a.k.a. Gender, Politics and Popular Culture)
  • Public Budgeting Process
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • State & Local Government
  • Introduction to U.S. Government

Research Interests

  • Public Budgeting & Finance
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Public Policy
  • State Government
  • Women & Politics


  • American Society for Public Administration & its Section on Public Budgeting & Finance & its Section on Personnel & Labor Relations
  • Arkansas Political Science Association
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • Pi Alpha Alpha - National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration
  • Pi Sigma Alpha - National Honor Society for Political Science


Dr. Catherine C. Reese is a Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science at Arkansas State University. She teaches public budgeting, public personnel management, and public policy courses, including several on the politics and popular culture of different decades. Her research interests include state-level public policy, human resource management, and budgeting and finance.

Articles by Dr. Reese have appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, and Politics & Policy and she has a co-authored book chapter forthcoming in the third edition of Condrey's Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government. Her most recent public policy interests include the use of tobacco settlements by the states and the evaluation of gender pay initiatives implemented by the states. Dr. Reese is the 2009 recipient of the ASU Board of Trustees Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Catherine Reese

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3428
F: (870) 972-2720


Building: HSS
Room: 3040