Craig Thomas is Professor and Associate Dean at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has also chaired the school’s curriculum committee and continues to be deeply involved in the evolution of the school’s MPA program, including evidence-based assessment. He teaches courses in public management, policymaking processes, and environmental policy in the MPA program and policy process theory and research design in the doctoral program. He is the former editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), and currently serves on the editorial boards of JPART, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, and Policy Studies Journal. His research focuses primarily on collaborative governance, particularly on environmental issues. He received his B.A. degreee in International Studies at the University of Washington and his Masters in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley.
In his own words, “I am excited to serve on COPRA and to learn about the diverse range of programs in the U.S. and other countries. Prior to working at the Evans School, I served nine years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with my teaching and service split equally between the Department of Political Science and the Center for Public Policy and Administration. I thus have deep experience in two types of programs: the UMass model, which depended completely on joint appointments with disciplinary departments, and the UW model, which does not rely on joint appointments. This diverse programmatic experience will help me understand the differing issues associated with different models for delivering MPA programs while serving on COPRA.”