Leisha DeHart-Davis

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government

Areas of Expertise

Public management; organization development; workplace climate and culture; effective bureaucracy


Leisha DeHart-Davis joined the School of Government in May 2012. Previously, she was a faculty member with the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, where she also served as doctoral program director. DeHart-Davis's research focuses on "green tape," the term she uses to describe effective policies and procedures. She specializes in employee engagement and workplace climate studies within local government organizations. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and Public Administration Review. She serves on the board of advisors for the Arizona State University Center for Research and Organization Design. DeHart-Davis holds a PhD in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Select Publications

"Green Tape and Job Satisfaction: Can Organizational Rules Make Employees Happy?,” Leisha DeHart-Davis, Randall S. Davis, and Zachary Mohr, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (2014): muu038.

"Written Versus Unwritten Rules: The Role of Rule Formalization in Green Tape," Leisha DeHart-Davis, Jie Chen, and Todd D. Little. International Public Management Journal 16, no. 3 (2013): 331-356.

"Green Tape: A Theory of Effective Organizational Rules." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 19 2: 361-384. JPART 2010 Virtual Reader inclusion of Leisha DeHart-Davis, 2009.

"Bureaucracy and Public Employee Behavior: A Case of Local Government," Review of Public Personnel Administration 29 4. 311-326. Mary K. Feeney and Leisha DeHart-Davis, 2009.

"Can Bureaucracy Benefit Organizational Women? An Exploratory Study," Administration and Society 41 3.:340-363. Leisha DeHart-Davis, 2009.

"Gender and Organizational Rule Abidance," Public Administration Review 692.:339-347. Shannon Portillo and Leisha DeHart-Davis, 2009.

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3 years 22 weeks