Research and Publications

Research and Publications


A central goal of WPS is to educate students and educators alike on the context of women’s experience in the public sector through activities and discussions that share experiences, information, and resources of women in the public sector. To do this, we regularly collaborate with faculty members, students, and practitioners interested in gender and the public sector.

We strongly support the use and adoption of women’s work in academia. @AWPARocks, @swpaaspa, and @womenalsoknow are three resources to promote women’s work in public administration. Anyone interested in collaborating with WPS, please contact Co-Founders: Nicole Elias - and Maria J. D' Agostino -






  • D’Agostino, M.J. and Rubin, M.  Women Governing: A Global Perspective.




  • 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, Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Refereed Journal Articles  

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

  • D' Agostino, M. J. (2016). The Women of New York City: The Difference that Women Make. Administration and Society, 49 (1), 9-19.

  • Elias, Nicole Rishel. (2017). Constructing and Implementing Transgender Policy for Public Administration. Administration & Society, 49 (1), 20-47.

  • Elias, Nicole Rishel and Courtney Jensen. (2014) Merit, Luck, and Historical Recognition: A More Comprehensive Treatment of Justice in Public Administration. Public Administration Quarterly, 38 (4), 466-487.

  • Elias, Nicole Rishel. (2013). Shifting Diversity Perspectives and New Avenues for Representative Bureaucracy. Public Administration Quarterly, 37 (3), 331-373.

  • Federman, Peter and Nicole Rishel Elias. (2017). Beyond the Lavender Scare: LGBT and Heterosexual Employees in the Federal Workplace. Public Integrity, 19 (1), 22-40. (Selected for Special Issue, “Editor's Pick: Best of 2016”)

  • Sabharwal, M., Levine, H. & D’Agostino, M. (2016). A Conceptual Content Analysis of 75 Years of Diversity Research in Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, DOI: 10.11770/0734371X16671368

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

Refereed Book Chapters

  • D’Agostino, M. and Rubin, M. (Forthcoming 2017). Preface: Global Governance: Women in Public Administration Handbook. Routledge Publishers.

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

  • D’Agostino, M.J. & Levine, H. (2010) The Career progression of women in state government agencies. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25, 2, 22-36.

  • D’Agostino, M.J. (2014). The Difference that Women Make: Government Performance and Women-Led Agencies. Submitted to Administration & Society. Online First.

      • Elias, Nicole Rishel and Maria J. D’Agostino. (2017). Women in the Public Sector: Getting Creative with Networking and Mentoring. In Zavattaro, Staci and Shannon Orr (Eds.), Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan

      • Levine, H. and D’Agostino, M. (Forthcoming. 2017). Women in the Workforce: Trends and Innovations. Chapter submitted to Global Governance: Women in Public Administration Handbook. Routledge Publishers.

      Other Publications

      • D’Agostino, Maria J. and Nicole Rishel Elias (Symposium Co-Editors). (2017). The Future of Women in Public Administration. Administration & Society, 49 (1), 4-8.

      • Elias, Nicole Rishel (Lead Faculty Advisor). (2016). The U.S. Office of Personnel Management 2016 Governmentwide Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan.