Montana State University

Department of Political Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172240
Bozeman, MT 59717-2240

Tel: (406) 994-4141
Fax: (406) 994-6692
Location: 2-143 Wilson Hall

Department Head

Linda Young

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Eric K. Austin, Associate Professor

Eric K. Austin, MPA Coordinator
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2002

Curriculum: Public administration, organization theory,
administrative theory, administrative ethics, public policy


PSCI 240 - Intro to Public Administration
PSCI 454 - Cinema & Political Theory
PSCI 465 - Public Administration & Policy
PSCI 520 - Management & Leadership in Administration
PSCI 552 - Public Administration & Policy
PSCI 555 - Human Resources PSCI 558 - Organization Dynamics
PSCI 559 - Program Evaluation & Policy Analysis
PSCI 560 - Public Sector Ethics

Research agenda: The role of public organizations in supporting democratic processes, collaborative processes of organizational and policy decision-making, theories of technology and digital governance, psychoanalytic theory and phenomenology in public administration

Phone: 406-994-5168










Educational Background

Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Falls Church, 2002, Public Administration and Policy

M.P.A., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, 1993, Public Administration and Policy

B.A., University of Wyoming, 1992, Political Science


Associate Professor and MPA Coordinator, Political Science, Montana State University, 2009-Present

Assistant Professor and MPA Coordinator, Political Science, Montana State University, 2005-2009

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Western Michigan University, 2002-2005

Senior Research Associate and Project Director, Institute for Public Policy Research, Virginia Tech, 2000-2002

Recent Publications & Presentations

Resilience, Authenticity and Digital Governance – Public Administration Quarterly. (with Jeff Callen) Fall 2012 (Vol. 36/ No. 3).

Immigration and Ethics: Beyond an Ethics of Representational ExclusionConference Paper: 2011 Public Administration Theory Network Annual Meeting

Wicked Wisdoms: Illuminations of Conceptual Capacities Among Local Leaders of the Yellowstone River - (with Susan Gilbertz, Damon Hall, Cristi Horton and Jarod Norton). Studies in Sociology of Science. December 2011 (Vol. 2/No. 2).

Emerging and Converging Technologies: A continuing exploration of the opportunities and consequences of expanding technologically mediated experienceConference Paper: 2010 Public Administration Theory Network Annual Meeting

The Possibility of Effective Collaborative Governance: The Role of Place and the Social Bond - Public Administration and Management Spring 2010. (Vol. 15/ No. 1).

Community Strategic Visioning as a Method to Address Poverty: An Analysis from Select Rural Montana Communities(with Paul Lacapelle and Daniel Clark) – Journal of Extension.  February 2010 (Vol. 49/ No. 1).

Bringing Back Place: Exploring the Conceptions of Space, Time and Place in Public Administration Conference Paper: 2009 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting.

Limits to Technology-based Distance Education in MPA Curricula - Journal of Public Administration Education. Spring 2009 (Vol 15/ No. 2).

Reexamining the Role of Digital Technology in Public Administration: From Devastation to Disclosure(With Jeff Callen) - Administrative Theory and Praxis September 2008 (Vol. 30/ No. 3).