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Emily Hanks

Office:  UAC 348
Phone:  512.245.5608

Curriculum Vitae

B.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science


Dr. Emily Kay Hanks  (Ph.D., University of Texas- Austin, 2011) is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Texas State University where she teaches and conducts research on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, public values, applied communication, and public administration. She has published book chapters and articles examining the implications stemming from seismic shifts in the nonprofit and voluntary sector such as the intrusion of competition, professionalization, and the continued devolution of government. Dr. Hanks’ work has appeared in Administrative Theory & Praxis, and The Public Manager and is part of a growing movement of critical scholarship in the nonprofit and voluntary sector . She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including national recognition as a top paper contributor at the annual conferences of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations Voluntary Action and The National Communication Association. Her teaching at Texas State University has earned Dr. Hanks university-wide acclaim; being twice named an Alpha Chi Favorite Professor. In 2012, she received the prestigious Texas State University Foundations of Excellence Teaching Award. In her “previous life,” Dr. Hanks pursued her interest in helping people be more attentive and engaged in their lives and institutions at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and on the stage as company member at the Zachary-Scott Theatre in Austin, Texas. 


Courses Taught

PA 5320 Organizational Theory


PA 5370 Public Management and Ethics


PA 5362 Alternate Public Delivery Systems: Privatization and the Third Sector


PA 5315 Public Personnel Administration (classroom and online)


PA 5398 Directed Readings


POSI 2310 Principles of American Government


PA 3300 Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Administration


PA 3330 Public Personnel  and Human  Resource Administration (classroom and online)


POSI 4331 Minority Politics


POSI 4379 Independent Study