Research and Publications

Research and Publications


A central goal of WPS is to educate students and educators alike on the context of women’s experience in the public sector through activities and discussions that share experiences, information, and resources of women in the public sector. To do this, we regularly collaborate with faculty members, students, and practitioners interested in gender and the public sector.

We strongly support the use and adoption of women’s work in academia. @AWPARocks, @swpaaspa, and @womenalsoknow are three resources to promote women’s work in public administration. Anyone interested in collaborating with WPS, please contact Co-Founders: Nicole Elias - and Maria J. D' Agostino -






  • D’Agostino, M.J. and Rubin, M.  Women Governing: A Global Perspective.




  • 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, Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Refereed Journal Articles 

  •        Elias, Nicole and Roderick Colvin.(forthcoming 2019). A Third Option: Understanding and Assessing Non-Binary Gender Policies in the United States. Administrative Theory& Praxis

  •       D’Agostino, M., Sabharwal, M. and Levine, H. (2019) Gender in negotiation: Preparing public administrators for the 21st century workplace, Journal of Public Affairs Education

  •        Elias, N. and D’Agostino, M. (2019). Gender Competencies in MPA Programs, Teaching Public Administration Journal.

  •        Elias, Nicole M., Rana Johnson, Daniel Ovando, and Julia Ramirez(Fall 2017/Spring 2018). Improving Transgender Policy for a More Equitable Workplace. Journal of Public Management & Social Policy 24(2),53-81

  •       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.

  •       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.

  •        Elias, Nicole Rishel. (2017). Constructing and Implementing Transgender Policy for Public Administration. Administration & Society, 49 (1), 20-47.

  • ·     Federman, Peter and Nicole Rishel Elias. (2017). Beyond the Lavender Scare: LGBT and Heterosexual Employees in the Federal Workplace. Public Integrity, 19 (1), 22-40. (Selected for Special Issue, “Editor's Pick: Best of 2016”)

  •        D’Agostino, M.J. (2016). A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Difference Women Make.Administration and Society Women in Public Administration Symposium.​

  •        D' Agostino, M. J. (2016). The Women of New York City: The Difference that Women Make. Administration and Society, 49 (1), 9-19.

  •        Sabharwal, M., Levine, H. & D’Agostino, M. (2016). A Conceptual Content Analysis of 75 Years of Diversity Research in Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, DOI: 10.11770/0734371X16671368

  •        Elias, Nicole Rishel and Courtney Jensen. (2014) Merit, Luck, and Historical Recognition: A More Comprehensive Treatment of Justice in Public Administration. Public Administration Quarterly, 38 (4), 466-487.

  •        Elias, Nicole Rishel. (2013). Shifting Diversity Perspectives and New Avenues for Representative Bureaucracy. Public Administration Quarterly, 37 (3), 331-373.


Refereed Book Chapters 


Other Refereed Publications

  • Elias, Nicole M. (Forthcoming). Transgender and Non-Binary Gender Policy in the Public Sector. In: Haider-Markel, Don (eds).Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy. Oxford University Press. https://doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1168
  •  Elias, Nicole. (2019) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) Workplace Policy. In: Farazmand A. (eds). Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance.Springer International Publishing.


Other Publications

  • Elias, Nicole R. and D’Agostino, Maria J. (2018). Contemporary Theories of Women and Gendered Public Administration and Policy. Virtual Special Issue: Administrative Theory and Praxis.
  • D’Agostino, Maria J. and Elias, Nicole R. (Symposium Co-Editors). (2017). The Future of Women in Public Administration. Administration & Society, 49 (1), 4-8.​
  • Elias, Nicole Rishel (Lead Faculty Advisor). (2016). The U.S. Office of Personnel Management 2016 Governmentwide Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan.