PhD, Public Administration
Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
Arizona State University
Texas Tech University
Kayla Schwoerer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. She earned her PhD at Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), her Master of Public Administration at Arizona State University, and her BA in Sociology from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Schwoerer’s research focuses broadly on public and nonprofit management, with a particular focus on issues related to technology and citizen-state interactions from a behavioral science perspective. Before joining UAlbany, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she taught an interdisciplinary course on “AI and Society” and supervised Bachelor and Master student theses on topics related to the governance of new and emerging technologies.
Current research projects include investigating individual-level perceptions of the use of algorithmic systems by government agencies and the impact of algorithmic transparency and explainability principles, citizens’ attribution of responsibility for algorithmic discrimination in the public sector, the impact of AI in public procurement, the affordances of open government data and usability, and the use of UX design principles for improving digital citizen-state interactions and reducing administrative burdens.