Maria DAgostino

Maria DAgostino

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Ph.D., Rutgers University
M.A., Padova University
B.A.,  Fordham University

(2006, Public Administration)
(2000, Human Rights and Democracy)
(1994, Political Science/Sociology)


Maria J. D’Agostino is a Professor of public administration in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice,and  Founding Co-Director of the Initiative for Gender Equity in the Public Sector. Dr. D’Agostino’s scholarship focuses on gender,  leadership,  diversity, equity, and inclusion in the public sector. Her research scholarship qualitatively and quantitatively examines gender in leadership positions, inclusive and organizational workplace practices, and gender-equitable pedagogy.  Her expertise is applied in practice through various public sector partnerships including the New York City Gender Equity Commission and the United Nations Gender Equity in Public Administration (UN-GEPA) group. She recently collaborated with UN-GEPA as an expert to develop the next steps and new approaches to women’s participation and leadership in public administration. 


Dr. D’Agostino convenes workshops bridging the academic, practitioner, and student communities to provide resources and tools to create more equitable workplaces, policies, and classrooms. In Spring 2022 she was named in City & State New York’s list of Higher Education Power 100: Driving Diversity in Campus. She is actively involved in several public administration groups including the American Society of Public Administration, Scholars Strategy Network, and  Academic Women in Public Administration. Dr. D’Agostino is the co-recipient of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award examining gender equity in municipalities. She is also the recipient of the Section for Women in Public Administration Mentorship Award, the Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award, and the John Jay College Faculty Mid-Career Research Award


JJC Affiliations

Initiative on Gender Equity in the Public Sector

Professional Memberships

The American Society for Public Administration 2005 to present

New York Metro Chapter

Section for Women in Public Administration

Scholars Strategy Network, New York Chapter 2019 to present

Languages spoken/fluent in


Scholarly Work

 Edited  Volumes

D’Agostino, M.J. and Rubin, M. (2018)  Women Governing: A Global Perspective. New York: Routledge.

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. MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Referred Journal Articles

Elias, N.M., D’Agostino, M. J., Diez, V.* and Krause, E.* (Forthcoming 2023) Gender Pedagogy in Public Administration Education, Journal of Social Equity of Public Administration, *MPA Students


D’Agostino, M.J., Levine, H., Sabharwal, M. and Johnson-Manning, A. C.* (2022) Organizational Practices and Second-Generation Gender Bias: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Career Progression of US State-Level Managers. The American Review of Public Administration, 02750740221086605. *MPA Student


D’Agostino, M.J. and Elias, N.M. (2022) Gender Equity Commission Priorities: An Archival Study and Prospects for the Future. State and Local Government Review.


D'Agostino, M.J. and Elias, N.M. (2020) Viewpoint Symposium Introduction: #MeToo in Academia: Understanding and Addressing Pervasive Challenges. Public Administration Review, 80: 1109-1110.


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 D’Agostino, M.J. (2019) Gender Competencies in MPA Programs, Teaching Public Administration Journal.

D’Agostino, M.J., Sabharwal, M. and Levine, H. (2019) Gender in negotiation: Preparing public administrators for the 21st-century workplace, Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Sabharwal, M., Levine, H., D’Agostino, M.J., & 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.J., (2017) Gender Differences in the Leadership Styles of MPA Directors, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 23 (3), 869– 884.

Sabharwal, M., Levine, H. & D’Agostino, M.J. (2016) A Conceptual Content Analysis of 75 Years of Diversity Research in Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, 38(2), 248-267.

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


D’Agostino, M.J. (2016) A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Difference Women Make. Administration and Society, Women in Public Administration Symposium, 49(1), 9-19.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2015) The Difference that Women Make: Government Performance and Women-Led Agencies, Administration & Society, 47(5), 532-548.


Knepper, H., D’Agostino, M.J., & Levine, H. (2014) Volunteer Management Practices during Challenging Economic Times. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 20(2), 211-230.


Levine, H., & D'Agostino, M. J. (2012) A SWOT Model of the Challenges and Benefits of Volunteer Involvement in US Non-profit Organizations during times of Fiscal Stress. International Journal of Society Systems Science, 4(1), 76-91.


D’Agostino, M. J., & Kloby, K. (2011) Building Community Capacity to Engage Government: Reflections of Nonprofit Leaders on Post-Katrina New Orleans. Administration & Society, 43(7), 749–769.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2011) Making Sense of Women’s Career Progression: Utilization of Work/Life Practices in State Government Agencies. Public Administration & Management, 16(1), 95–115.


D’Agostino, M. J & Visser, A. (2010) Administrative Barriers to Youth Civic Engagement, International Public Management Review, 11(3), 88-103.


D'Agostino, M.J., Schwester, R., Carrizales, T., & Melitski, J. (2011) A Study of E-government and E-governance: An Empirical Examination of Municipal Websites. Public Administration Quarterly, 35(1), 3-25.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2010) Measuring Social Capital as an Outcome of Service Learning.  Innovative Higher Education, 35, 313-328.


D’Agostino, M.J. & Levine, H. (2010) The Career progression of women in state government agencies. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25(1), 22-36.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2009) Volunteers:  Beyond Government Partners. International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 26(3), 51-54.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2009)  Securing an Effective Voice for Citizens in Intergovernmental Administrative Decision Making. International Journal of Public Administration Review, 32(8), 658-680.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2008) Fostering a Civically Engaged Society:  The University and Service Learning, Journal of Public Affairs and Education, 14(2), 194-204.


D’Agostino, M, J., Holzer, M. & Schwester, R. (2006) Enhancing the Prospect for Deliberative Democracy: The America Speaks Model. The Innovation Journal, 11(1), 1-20.


Peer-Reviewed Chapters

Levine, H., D’Agostino, M.J. and Sabharwal, M. (2022) Making the Case for Addressing Second Generation Gender Bias in Public Administration. In Shields, P.M. and Elias, N.M. (Eds). Handbook of gender and public administration. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 9781789904727


Elias, N.M. and D’Agostino, M.J. (2022) Gender Theory in Public Administration and Policy, Handbook of Theories of Public Administration and Management, Edward Elgar Publishing. In Shields, P.M. and Elias, N.M. (Eds). Handbook of gender and public administration. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 9781789904727


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, CA: Birkdale Publishers.


Elias, Nicole M. and D’Agostino, Maria 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.J. and Rubin, M. (2018) Preface, in Women Governing: A Global Perspective, eds. Maria J. D’Agostino and Marilyn Rubin. NY: Routledge Publishers.


Levine, H. and D’Agostino, M.J. (2018) Women in the Workforce: Trends and Innovations, in Global Governance: Women in Public Administration, eds. Maria. J. D’Agostino and Marilyn Rubin. NY: Routledge Publishers.


Elias, N. and D’Agostino, M. J. (2017) On the Way to Tenure: Women in the Public Sector at John Jay in Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond, eds. Staci Zavattaro and Shannon Orr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


D’Agostino, M. J. (2006) A Unique Civic Engagement Tool:  The AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Hall Meeting, for Measuring Government Performance, Public Sector Accountability and Public Participation, ed. Kathy Callahan. NY: Auerbach.


D’Agostino, M.J. (2004) Directories of Public Government Agencies. With Marc Holzer and Tony Carrizales, for Research and Information for Public Administration, Marc Holzer, Audrey Redding-Raines, and Wenxuan Yu, editors. (New York: United Nations Public Administration Network and Washington, D.C.:  American Society for Public Administration).



Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Women / Gender Justice

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Gender/Women & Politics

Equity & Inequality

Gender & Leadership


In The Media


Study: How NYC Legislation Addresses Gender Equity, Nov. 21, 2021

Cuomo Needs a Time Out and Other MeToo Approaches to Legitimizing Victims, April 23, 2021

The Double Standard for Women, Nov. 13, 2020

Why is COVID-19 Destroying the Careers of Women, Sept. 21, 2020

Instead of telling women to lean in, them how to negotiate, June 4, 2019

Negotiating Bias in the Workplace, Office for the Advancement of Research in Research at John Jay, April 22, 2019

Evana Alam (’20) Joins Professors Maria D’Agostino and Nicole Elias for Gender Equity Research (Spring 2019)

John Jay’s Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Awardees, Fall 2018’s-presidential-student-faculty-...

City & State, Interview on Women in Government, Fall 2017

Taking on the Glass Ceiling, Justice Maters (2016)

Online Presence