Jaclyn Piatak

Associate Professor
445B Fretwell

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Assistant Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program
Research Fellow, Center for Organizational Research and Design, Arizona State University

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Research Interests: Social Capital and Political Engagement; Policy Implementation; Public Management; Social Policy; Cognitive and Psychological Influences in the Policy Process; Gender, Race, and Policy

Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, volunteering, human resource management, and social policy. More specifically, her work examines how organizations interact to deliver public services, how job sector relates to individual outcomes and behaviors, and issues in human resource management, particularly related to employment dynamics and equity and inclusion. Her research appears in top journals, such as the Journal of Public Administration Review and Theory and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and her co-authored book, OccupationaLabor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures.

Dr. Piatak’s professional experience includes working in the federal government at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and two Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Awards and a Recovery and Reinvestment Act Award from her work at the U.S. Department of Labor.


  • PhD in Public Administration, American University
  • MPP, The Johns Hopkins University
  • BA in Political Science, Providence College



Barnow, B.S., Trutko, J.W., & Piatak, J.S. (2013). Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures. Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn.

Book Chapters

Johnson, J.M., Piatak, J.S., & Ng, E. (2017). Managing Generational Differences in Nonprofit Organizations. In Word, J.K.A. & Sowa, J.E. (Eds.), The Nonprofit Human Resource Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice. New York: Routledge.