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Kim Saks McManaway, JD, Ph.D.

Director of MPA Program

Education: B.A. Eastern Michigan University, Political Science/French, 2003; J.D. University of Detroit Mercy, 2006; M.A. in Political Science, Wayne State University, 2011; Ph.D. in Political Science, Wayne State University, 2019; Member, State Bar of Michigan

Prof. Saks McManaway’s background includes practical legal work as a licensed attorney in the public and private sector as well as scholarship on policy and politics. Her research interests are centered on the intersection of political behavior and public policy, most notably on policy involving gender such as paid parental leave programs. Other research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning politics and policy, namely the use of technology in the classroom. In 2016, Prof. Saks McManaway was honored with the Provost Innovation in Teaching award for her mixed mode course design for PUB 519 Law and Administrative Processes. 

Research interests:

  • Political representation and electoral decision-making
  • Gender and politics, gender and public policy
  • Law and public policy
  • Political behavior