Dana Michael Harsell is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master in Public Administration Program in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. He teaches courses in state and local government, public administration, the presidency and a course on the intersection of business and government. Dr. Harsell holds a BA in political science and psychology and an MA in political science, both from the University of Montana, and a PhD in political science from Syracuse University.
Dana’s research interests include public management and performance, public service provision, and arts and culture policy. Harsell is a co-editor of Governing North Dakota and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks: Research grant to study how changes in levels of state legislative appropriations for state arts agencies influence appropriation levels in bordering states.
Harsell has accrued an extensive list of service experience, including Director of Government for the North Dakota Girls State program and the board of executive directors (three years as president) for the North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC). During the 2016-2017 academic year, he served as the University Senate Chair and Co-Chaired the university-wide strategic planning initiative.