Faculty & Staff

Michael J. Ahn, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School


photo of Michael Ahn

Areas of Expertise

E-Government, Government 3.0, Public Management, Public Administration Education, International Comparative Public Administration, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods


PhD, Public Administration, Syracuse University
MPA, Public Administration, Syracuse University
BS, Economics, University of Oregon

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

The primary focus of Michael Ahn’s research is exploring the effects of Information Technology on government performance, accountability and political dynamics. His research has examined how the changing information environment from texts-based communication to video-based communication affect the communication of public policies; how e-government can be strategically used to enhance the political control over government bureaucracy and provide a leverage for the executive bureaucracy against the legislature; and how elected officials who are political outsiders pursue Web 2.0 applications more actively than those who are insiders. Currently he is conducting a research exploring critical challenges facing American public administration, issues relating to cybersecurity, and the role of 311-type government call centers in our complex information and communication environment. 

Professor Ahn's articles have appeared on journals such as Public Administration Review, American Review of  Public Administration, and Government Information Quarterly and have been published internationally in the U.S., South Korea, and Japan. Here are some recent op-ed pieces at Brookings Institution on Effective Policy Communication in our changing communication environment, the Future of High-Speed Rail, Fractured Media Landscape revealed during the 2016 election, and Government Call Centers”.

Currently Michael Ahn is serving as the president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (MassASPA) and the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA). He is also the district 1 council representative for the American Society for Public Administration and a contributor to Brookings Institution’s TechTank.

Michael Ahn's CV

Teaching in the Public Administration Program:

New England Political Environment
Analytical Skills II
Case Study Seminar (Capstone course)

Teaching in the Public Policy Program:

Political Institutions