Shawn Flanigan is a Professor of Public Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany, after receiving her Master of Public Administration and B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Flanigan’s research focuses on ways in which the health and human service needs of vulnerable populations are addressed by state and non-state actors. Her teaching focuses on supporting students and community stakeholders to engage in effective program design, policy development, and advocacy for more just and equitable communities. Dr. Flanigan has conducted field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Romania, Sri Lanka, and the United States. In addition to working for state government agencies in New Mexico and New York, Dr. Flanigan has provided technical assistance and/or policy recommendations to nonprofit organizations, local government agencies in California, the National Intelligence Council, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, among others.