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Hillary J. Knepper

Associate Provost for Student Success

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Public Administration

  • @Pleasantville
    Goldstein Academic Center 225
  • @New York City
    One Pace Plaza 1808B


Dr. Knepper spent 20 years working for nonprofits and local governments, where she worked primarily in access to services for vulnerable populations, facilitating collaborations, program evaluation, and board governance. She now teaches healthcare management, policy & public administration courses at Pace University. She is a Professor and the Associate Provost for Student Success. She is a founding board member for the Northeast Conference on Public Administration, an active member and past chair for the Section for Women in Public Administration, ASPA. She is the current co-President for Academic Women in Public Administration (2021-2023). Her research focuses on system-level change, how public policies influence outcomes, and the implications of how relationships across sectors affect services. She is the co-editor-in-chief for the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration and a founding editorial board member for the Journal of Gender in Public Finance and Administration. Her recent scholarship appears in Public Administration Quarterly, Teaching Public Administration, and Public Administration Review.


PhD, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2010
Public Affairs

MPA, Troy University, Troy, Alabama, 2003
Public Administration

BA, Hunter College - CUNY, New York, NY, 1990
Urban Studies


Predicting Hospital Closure using Popular Financial Indicators: An Exploratory Study of Muhlenberg Hospital
Crosby, A. W., Knepper, H. & Levine, H. (2020). Public Administration Quarterly. Vol 44 (Issue 1)

The slippery slope: Struggling for equity in the academy in the era of #MeToo
Knepper, H., Scutelnicu, G. & Tekula, R. (2020, December). Public Administration Review. Vol 80 (Issue 6) , pages 1111-1117. http://https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15406210

Why Gender and Research Productivity Matters in Academia: Exploring Evidence from NASPAA-accredited Schools
Knepper, H., Scutelnicu, G. & Tekula, R. (2020, January). Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol 26 (Issue 1) , pages 51-72. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/upae20/current

Consistency is key in online learning: Evaluating student and instructor perceptions of a collaborative online-course template.
Scutelnicu, G., Tekula, R., Gordon, B. & Knepper, H. (2019, October). Teaching Public Administration. Vol 73 (Issue 3) , pages 274-292. http://journals.sagepub.com/home/tpa

A Tale of Two Journals: Women's Representation in Public Administration Scholarship
Scutelnicu, G. & Knepper, H. (2019, January). Public Integrity. Vol 21 (Issue 1) , pages 38-53. http://https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/mpin20/current

The Socio-Environmental Context of our Actions: Marginalization and its influence on building a culture of health-Part 2
Knepper, H., Sonenberg, A. & Levine, H. (2018). Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. Vol 40 (Issue 4)

The state of women in public administration scholarship: Where we are, why we are here and why it matters
Scutelnicu, G., Knepper, H. & Tekula, R. (2018, August). PA Times. Vol 4 (Issue 2) , pages 32-33.

Evidenced Based Policy Decisions & Population Health: Policies, Disparities, and Data Integrity
Knepper, H., Sonenberg, A. & Savage , P. Public Administration Quarterly. , pages 23.

The Socio-Environmental Context of Health: Marginalization and its influence on building a culture of health-Part 1
Knepper, H., Sonenberg, A. & Levine, H. (2017, November). Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. Vol 40 (Issue 3) , pages 252-387. http://jhhsa.spaef.org/articles

Considering Disparities: How do nurse practitioner regulatory policies, access to care, and health outcomes vary across four states?
Sonenberg, A. & Knepper, H. (2017, March). Nursing Outlook. Vol 65 (Issue 2) , pages 143-153. http://www.nursingoutlook.org/article/S0029-6554(16)30317-7/pdf


Knepper, H., Scutelnicu, G. & Tekula, R. (2018, November 3). Northeastern Conference of Public Administration. Whose Voices are Heard and Why Does it Matter? Considering Women's Scholarship and Impact. NECOPA, Baltimore, MD.

Scutelnicu, G., Gordon, B., Knepper, H., Tekula, R. & Gonzalez, V. (2018, May 17). Faculty Institute. How Consistency in Online Learning can Contribute to Students' Critical Thinking and Learning: The Story of the Public Administration Department. Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.

Knepper, H., Scutelnicu, G. & Tekula, R. (2018, March 12). American Society for Public Administration National Conference. Gender and Perceptions of Opportunity: Examining Women's Success in Public Admin-istration Academe. ASPA, Denver, CO.

Scutelnicu, G. & Knepper, H. (2017, March 18). American Society for Public Administration National Conference. How Does Gender Affect Research Productivity in Academia? Exploring Evidence from NASPAA Accredited MPA Programs.. American Society for Public Administration, Atlanta, GA.

Sonenberg, A., Knepper, H. & Bear-Lehman, J. P. (2017, March 17). National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting. Health Disparities Across Four States: Exploring Variation Among Health Workforce, Policies, Access to Care & Services, and Population Health Outcomes. National Academies of Practice , Philadelphia, PA.


I am fundamentally interested in the nexus of government, nonprofits, and healthcare as they intersect with disparities- of opportunity, access, and power. As an applied researcher, I'm curious about policies, both formal and informal, their influence on societal outcomes and how different sectors influence each other. My scholarship follows two paths within this context- healthcare disparities and gender equity in public administration.

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