Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Report: Highly partisan US election administration should become nonpartisan to preserve democracy

If you were to read through the electoral code of any particular state, you might imagine finding a dry recitation of rules for how elections should be conducted to ensure a fair and impartial outcome.

You would be wrong, writes an ASU professor of public affairs and three other authors in a new report.

6 ASU academic programs ranked among top 25 in the world

Six Arizona State University programs including business, management and public administration were ranked top 25 in the world by ShanghaiRanking’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

Published annually by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent organization dedicated to research on higher education intelligence, programs are ranked in 54 subjects across five disciplines including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences.

ASU rank for research in public administration rises to No. 6 in world

Arizona State University has climbed to new heights in ShanghaiRanking’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, named No. 6 in the world for public administration research, up from No. 10 in 2021, according to a recently released report. ASU also ranks No. 2 among U.S. universities, up from No. 4 last year.

GRAS and ShanghaiRanking Consultancy examined 200 universities worldwide that conduct public administration research. The prestigious ranking places ASU ahead of Harvard, Columbia and Yale universities.

Missouri professor named new director of ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

A criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will be the new director of Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Dean Cynthia Lietz announced today.

Beth M. Huebner, who starts work at ASU Jan. 3, 2023, also will be the inaugural Watts Endowed Professor for Public Safety.

Grant to fund ASU research into COVID-19's effects on finding missing, murdered Indigenous people

An Arizona State University lab has received a new state grant to study how the COVID-19 pandemic affected efforts to find missing and murdered Indigenous persons.

The lab, Research on Violent Victimization, is headed by criminology and criminal justice Professor Kate Fox. In 2020, Fox’s ASU team researched an increase of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

ASU developing sustainable tourism training curriculum for Indian Country

Unlike those who work in retail or restaurants, tourism professionals not only need to interest people in their product; sometimes they have to convince them to travel a long distance for it.

And if they happen to be Indigenous peoples eager to welcome visitors to tribal lands, they may be further challenged to successfully attract audiences to places that are often more difficult to reach than those near major infrastructure and transportation corridors.