Research and Publications

Research and Publications

Women in the Public Sector seeks to produce research that is impactful in educating students and the broader public on gender issues in the public sector. To do this, we provide and promote work that addresses substantive topics targeting underrepresented groups; share resources for research and teaching from underrepresented scholars and practitioners; and diversify resources used in teaching and practice. Our most recent publications are listed below. Anyone interested in collaborating with WPS on a research project, please contact Founding Co-Directors: Nicole M. Elias ( and Maria J. D' Agostino (




Elias, N. and Olejarski, M. Amanda (2020): Ethics for Contemporary Bureaucrats




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, N. and D’Agostino, M.J. (2020) Care in crisis: COVID-19 as a catalyst for universal child care in the             United States, Administration Theory &Praxis

       Elias, N. and Roderick C. (2020) 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 

D'Agostino, M.J., Sabharwal, M., & Levine, H. (2020). Characterization of Women in Leadership Positions. In Slagle, Derek and Adam Williams (Eds.), Public Affairs Practicum. San Diego, CSA: Birkdale Publishers.

Elias, N.M., & D'Agostino, M.J. (2020). Changing the Landscape of Public Administration for Women Organized Efforts to Promote Gender Competency. In Slagle, Derek, and Adam Williams (Eds.), Public Affairs Practicum. San Diego: CA: Birkdale Publishers.

D’Agostino, M. and Rubin, M. (2018). Preface: Global Governance: Women in Public Administration Handbook. Routledge Publishers.

Levine, H. and D’Agostino, M. (2018). Women in the Workforce: Trends and Innovations. Chapter submitted to Global Governance: Women in Public Administration Handbook. Routledge Publishers.​​

Elias, Nicole Rishel and Maria J. D’Agostino. (2017). Women in the Public Sector: Getting Creative with Networking and Mentoring. In Zavattaro, Staci and Shannon Orr (Eds.), Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan

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

D’Agostino, M.J. (2014). The Difference that Women Make: Government Performance and Women-Led Agencies. Submitted to Administration & Society. Online First.

D’Agostino, M. J. (2011). Making Sense of Women’s Career Progression: Utilization of Work/Life Practices in State Government Agencies, Public Administration and Management, 16, 1, 95 11

D’Agostino, M.J. & Levine, H. (2010) The Career progression of women in state government agencies. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25, 2, 22-36.


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.