Dr. Jay Rickabaugh

Dr. Jay Rickabaugh joined the Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State in 2018. He earned both his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs and his MPA from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Rickabaugh has been published in journals such as the American Review of Public Administration and Public Administration. He has also contributed chapters to two books: Cooperation and Conflict between State and Local Government and Discovering American Regionalism: An Introduction to Regional Intergovernmental OrganizationsAs a practitioner, he analyzed policy and managed projects for CONNECT, a local government advocacy organization representing the City of Pittsburgh and its neighboring first-ring suburbs on issues like wastewater infrastructure and public transportation. 

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • Local Government Cooperation
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Research and Quantitative Methods


  • Ph.D. Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh (2018)
  • M.P.A.  Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh (2011)
  • B.A. Political Science and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000)

Courses Taught:

  • Seminar in Public Administration
  • Research Methods
  • Special Topics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • NC in Action
  • Problems in State and Local Government
Title: Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Department: rickabaughja@appstate.edu

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6908

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
352 N Anne Belk Hall


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