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Domonic Bearfield, PhD

Domonic Bearfield
SPAA PhD 2004

Dr. Domonic Bearfield's research focuses on issues related to governance in public administration and on improving the understanding of public sector patronage. Dr. Bearfield's work has appeared in Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration and other leading journals. He is the co-editor, with Melvin Dubnick, of the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (Taylor & Francis, 2015). Dr. Bearfield was awarded the 2021 SPAA Faculty Service Award for outstanding service to SPAA's students, faculty, and the greater SPAA community and the 2022 SPAA Faculty Teaching Award for for significant contributions to SPAA students’ intellectual lives through superior teaching practices.


  • PhD: Rutgers University–Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Public Administration (2004)
  • MPA: University of Delaware (1997)
  • BA: Norfolk State University (1995)