Maria J. D’Agostino

Maria J. D’Agostino

Associate Professor
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3533B Haaren Hall


Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Padova University
B.A.,  Fordham University

(2006, Public Administration)
(2000, Human Rights and Democracy)
(1994, Political Science/Sociology)


Maria J. D’Agostino is an Associate professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and co-founder 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 recent work appears in Review of Public Personnel Administration and American Review of Public Administration She has collaborated as a guest editor for the Women and Public Administration symposium published in Administration and Society.
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.

JJC Affiliations

Women in the Public Sector

Professional Memberships

Board Member, Section on Women in Public Administration Board Member, Academic Women in Public Administration Editorial Board, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration North Eastern Conference on Public Administration Conference Co-Chair Committee National District Representative, American Society of Public Administration

Course Taught

Undergraduate Courses
Introduction to Public Administration
Administration of Financial Resources
Capstone Seminar
Internship Seminar

Graduate Courses
Introduction to Public Administration
Research Methods
Internship Seminar

Languages spoken/fluent in


Scholarly Work

      Edited  Volumes

DD’Agostino, M.J. and Rubin, M. (2018).  Women Governing: A Global Perspective. New York: Routledge.

D’Agostino, M.J. (2012). Citizen 2.0:  Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies, edited with Kathryn Kloby, IGI-Global publishers.

D’Agostino, M.J.  (2010). Women and Public Administration:  Theory and Practice, Edited with Helisse Levine. MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Refereed Journal Articles

Sabharwal, M., Levine, H., D’Agostino, M., & Nguyen, T. (2018). Inclusive Work Practices: Turnover Intentions Among LGBT Employees of the U.S. Federal Government. The American Review of Public Administration.


Sabharwal, M., Levine, H., D’Agostino, M., (2017) Gender Differences in the Leadership Styles of MPA Directors, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 23 (3), 869– 884.


Sabharwal, M., Levine, H. & D’Agostino, M.J. (2016). A Conceptual Content Analysis of 75 Years of Diversity Research in Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, 38(2), 248-267.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2017).  Changing the Narrative: The Difference Women Make in Public Administration. Administration and Society Women in Public Administration Symposium, 49(1), 9-19.


Knepper, H., D’Agostino, M.J., & Levine, H. (2014).  Volunteer Management Practices during Challenging Economic Times. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 20(2), 211-230.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2015). The Difference that Women Make: Government Performance and Women-Led Agencies. Submitted to Administration & Society, 47(5), 532-548.


Levine, H., & D'Agostino, M. J. (2012). A SWOT Model of the Challenges and Benefits of Volunteer Involvement in US Non-profit Organizations during times of Fiscal Stress. International Journal of Society Systems Science, 4(1), 76-91. doi:10.1504/IJSSS.2012.045374


D’Agostino, M. J., & Kloby, K. (2011). Building Community Capacity to Engage Government: Reflections of Nonprofit Leaders on Post-Katrina New Orleans. Administration & Society, 43(7), 749–769.


D’Agostino, M. (2011). Making Sense of Women’s Career Progression: Utilization of Work/Life Practices in State Government Agencies. Public Administration & Management, 16(1), 95–115.


D’Agostino, M. J & Visser, A. (2010). Administrative Barriers to Youth Civic Engagement, International Public Management Review, 11(3), 88-103.


D'Agostino, M., Schwester, R., Carrizales, T., & Melitski, J. (2011). A Study of E-government and E-governance: An Empirical Examination of Municipal Websites. Public Administration Quarterly, 35(1), 3-25.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2010) Measuring Social Capital as an Outcome of Service Learning.  Innovative Higher Education, 35, 313-328.


D’Agostino, M.J. & Levine, H. (2010) The Career progression of women in state government agencies. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25(1), 22-36.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2009). Volunteers:  Beyond Government Partners. International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 26(3), 51-54.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2009).  Securing an Effective Voice for Citizens in Intergovernmental Administrative Decision Making. International Journal of Public Administration Review, 32(8), 658-680.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2008) Fostering a Civically Engaged Society:  The University and Service Learning, Journal of Public Affairs and Education, 14(2), 194-204.


D’Agostino, M, J., Holzer, M. & Schwester, R. (2006). Enhancing the Prospect for Deliberative Democracy: The America Speaks Model. The Innovation Journal, 11(1), 1-20.

 Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Elias, N. and D’Agostino M. J. (2017) On the Way to Tenure: Women in the Public Sector at John Jay in Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond, eds. Staci Zavattaro and Shannon Orr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


D’Agostino, M.J. and Rubin, M. (2018). Preface, in Women Governing: A Global Perspective, eds. Maria J. D’Agostino and Marilyn Rubin. NY: Routledge Publishers


Levine, H. and D’Agostino, M.J. (2018). Women in the Workforce: Trends and Innovations, in Global Governance: Women in Public Administration, eds. Maria. J. D’Agostino and Marilyn Rubin. NY: Routledge Publishers.


D’Agostino, M. J. 2006. A Unique Civic Engagement Tool:  The AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Hall Meeting, for Measuring Government Performance, Public Sector Accountability and Public Participation, ed. Kathy Callhan. NY: Auerbach.


D’Agostino, M.J. 2004. Directories of Public Government Agencies. With Marc Holzer and Tony Carrizales, for Research and Information for Public Administration, Marc Holzer, Audrey Redding-Raines and Wenxuan Yu, editors. (New York: United Nations Public Administration Network and Washington, D.C.:  American Society for Public Administration)


Encyclopedia Entries

D’Agostino, M. J. (2009). Contributor to Public Administration terms in SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Edited by Larry Sullivan.


Book Reviews

D’Agostino, M.J. (2011). Reviving Democracy via New and Traditional Media. Public Administration Review,1, 2, 306-307.



D’Agostino, M. J. and Elias, N. (2019) Implications of the #MeToo Movement for Academia,


Elias, N. and D’Agostino M. J. (2018). Contemporary Theories of Women and Gendered Public Administration and Policy. Virtual Special Issue: Administrative Theory and Praxis.


D’Agostino, M.J. and Elias, N. (2018). Continuing the Gender Equity in Academia Conversation: Recommendations and Next Steps,


D’Agostino, M. J. and Elias, N. (2017). Ideas and Conversation about Gender in the Public Sector,


Women in Public Administration Symposium published in Administration and Society, Guest Editor with Nicole Elias (Spring 2017).


D’Agostino, M.J. (2008).  Volunteers: An Untapped Resource, Public Manager, 37, 2, 72-73.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2006). Social Capital:  Lessons from a Service-Learning Program. White Paper,  Park University, International Center for Civic Engagement.


Honors and Awards

2019 American Society of Public Administration LGBT Advocacy Action Section Award

2017 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Recognition

2015 Mid Career Research Award, Office of Advanced Research at John Jay College

2014 Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award, Section for Women in Public Administration

Research Summary

Maria J. D’Agostino is an associate professor in public administration, and the Co-Director of Women in the Public Sector, who studies women in public sector leadership and, gender equity. She specializes in examining and understanding organizational, social and cultural barriers to women’s career progression including second generation gender bias.  As an actively engaged scholar she collaborates with student on research serving as a role model and mentor and enriches her student’s classroom experience by incorporating insights from her research and related work.  She is the recent co- recipient of the John Jay Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award and will be working with undergraduate students on a new gender equity in municipalities research project. 

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Women / Gender Justice

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Gender/Women & Politics


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