Ellen Rubin

Ellen Rubin, PhD

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director
Specialization: Public Personnel Management
Department of Public Administration & Policy

314B Milne Hall | 518-442-5261

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About Professor Rubin

Dr. Rubin’s research agenda is firmly rooted in traditional public administration, within the sub-fields of public management, and public personnel management in particular.  She approaches personnel issues through the lens of strategic human capital management, which asserts that people should be viewed as an asset that an organization should invest in and develop, and personnel management policies should be analyzed from the perspective of how well they help an organization accomplish its mission.  Her research follows four threads: 1) applying procedural justice theory to important public personnel issues, 2) understanding the impact of various human resources systems on performance, 3) examining accountability and corruption, and 4) engaging in public management research with doctoral students.  Dr. Rubin publishes this work using primarily quantitative techniques.

From October 2011 through June 2012 Dr. Rubin served as an Advisor to Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE).  In this capacity, Dr. Rubin helped the commission gain a better understanding of state workforce management challenges.  Over the course of her work, Dr. Rubin and her team interviewed 28 current and retired state agency executives and conducted 38 small group interviews at four state agencies.

Dr. Rubin earned her PhD in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and her MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  Prior to working in academia, she worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office as a Senior Analyst for Human Capital Policy.