Faculty – Dr. Kristina Patterson
Kristina M. Patterson
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Research and Teaching Interests: Civic Engagement, Community Development, Legal Epidemiology, Positive Youth Development, Dual Language Immersion to promote socioeconomic equity, Racial Equity, Program Evaluation, Quantitative Research Methods, Mixed Methods Research Methods, Education Policy, Ethics
Dr. Patterson received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in History from Virginia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests are focused on opportunities for the development of civic identity, skills, and knowledge, particularly for underserved populations and members of historically marginalized groups. Her most recent work focuses on what local governments can do to effectively promote civic participation and the impact of policy on racial disparities. She also conducts research in education policy with a focus on improving educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged students. Her research has been presented at the Association for Public Policy and Management, the American Education Research Association, the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, and to the University of North Carolina Deans Council and the North Carolina General Assembly. Her work appears in The Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Policy. In addition, she has co-authored a number of policy reports and policy briefs on teacher preparation through her affiliation with the Education Policy Institute at Carolina (EPIC). She joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies in Fall, 2018, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public policy, policy analysis, research methods, ethics, community development, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. In addition, Dr. Patterson is very active in the Statesboro community, serving as the co-chair of the Statesboro Youth Commission, President of Habitat for Humanity Bulloch County, and as a member of Bulloch County Beloved Community. Dr. Patterson was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Statesboro Village Builders Initiative, a comprehensive initiative to support youth and their families in becoming the best version of themselves.
Last updated: 10/7/2022