Assistant Professor
Phone number
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Haaren Hall 533.14, 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

M.A., M.P.P., Ph.D., The George Washington University

A.M., University of Michigan

B.A., M.A., University of Virginia


Melissa McShea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Melissa completed her doctorate in public policy and administration along with master's degrees in economics and public policy at The George Washington University.  Before joining the John Jay faculty in August 2018, she was a visiting assistant professor of political science and public administration at the University of North Dakota.  Melissa's research interests lie in public budgeting and finance concentrating on state and local public finance, plus using economics as a framework for studying public policy issues.  In addition to working in the private and non-profit sectors, Melissa has served governments at the local, state, and federal levels in various capacities.

JJC Affiliations
Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
Courses Taught

Current courses (at John Jay College) -- PAD 343: Budgeting, PAD 704: Applied Economics for Public Administration, PAD 715: Research Methods in Public Administration, PAD 743: Public Sector Financial Management

Previous courses (at Univ. of North Dakota) -- master's level: Public Budgeting & Finance, Applied Statistics; upper-level undergraduate: Intergovernmental Relations, Public Management & Organizational Theory

Professional Memberships

American Economic Association, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, National Tax Association, Southern Economic Association

Honors and Awards

Member and faculty adviser for Pi Alpha Alpha -- the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration