WPS Team

WPS Team

Founding Co-Directors


Nicole M. Elias is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and Founding Co-Director of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College. Dr. Elias earned her MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, she also received the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate and served as managing editor of Administration & Society for three years. Her research focuses on equity in public administration and policy, with an emphasis on the ethics of administration, management of human resources in public organizations, and public policy impacts on different populations. She regularly collaborates with practitioners in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Elias was a Research Partner with the New York City Commission on Gender Equity and held a Research Fellowship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office and U.S. Department of Defense’s Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). She served as the Lead Faculty Advisor to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on the 2016 Government-wide Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan. She is the winner of the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Social Justice and co-recipient of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award for her work examining gender equity in municipalities. Dr. Elias is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, government reports, and practitioner training modules on means of fostering greater representation and inclusion in public service. Her recent work appears in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and Public Integrity. Dr. Elias is the co-editor of a special issue symposium on the future of women in public administration appearing in Administration & Society. Her recent book projects include two co-edited volumes: Ethics for Contemporary Bureaucrats: Navigating Constitutional Crossroads (2020) and Handbook of Gender and Public Administration (forthcoming 2021)Curriculum Vitae



Maria J. D’Agostino is a Professor of public administration in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and co-director of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College. Dr. D’Agostino’s recent research has focused on women in public administration including two co-edited books, Governing in A Global World (2018) and Women and Public Administration: Theory and Practice (2011). Her work appears in The Review of Public Personnel Administration and American Review of Public Administration. She received 2019 American Society of Public Adminsitration LGBT Advocacy Action Section Award for her co-authored publication, Inclusive Work Practices: Turnover Intensions Among LGBT Employees of the U.S Federal GovernmentShe has collaborated as a guest editor for the Women and Public Administration symposium published in Administration and Society and is the co-editor of a forthcoming symposium, #MeToo in Academia: Understanding and Addressing Pervasive Problems, Public Administration ReviewMost recently she initiated a partnership with the New York City Gender Equity Commission. 
Maria J. D’Agostino is the co-recipient of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award examining gender equity in municipalities.  She is also the recipient of the Section for Women in Public Administration Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award, the Faculty Mid-Career Research Award. She serves as the American Society of Public Administration District II National Representative and the John Jay College Campus Delegate for the Italian American Faculty and Staff Advisory Council. Curriculum Vitae


Graduate Assistants


Ishu Kumar

Ishu Kumar is a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has completed his undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University (SUNY) with a BA in History with a concentration in American history. Ishu is specifically interested in gender and racial inequality from colonial America to the present. He has participated in a number of diversity conferences at Stony Brook University. Ishu Kumar intends to graduate and utilize his MPA education in the public sector. He aspires to work as a policy analyst for the city of New York with a focus on the economics of municipal social service programs. Ishu Kumar’s interests include international travel, music and cooking. He performs in live music bands at religious programs throughout the New York metro area and also enjoys participating in community service events at a local temple.


Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur is a first generation graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program in Inspection and Oversight at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also in the process of obtaining the certification in Terrorism Studies at John Jay College. Harmanpreet completed her Bachelor’s in International Criminal Justice with a minor in Security Management. Being a first generation college student, Harman holds strong values for gender equity issues. During her undergraduate studies, Harman was a Treasurer of the International Criminal Justice Club and Secretary of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society. She interned at the New York City Department of Correction Investigations division, where she learned various social trends amongst the institution. She is also the recipient of Robert J. Hong Memorial and Upper Division Scholarship. Harman wants to work as a federal law enforcement official in the future. Some of Harman’s interests include working out, cooking and volunteering.