Dr. Charles Menifield is Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of budgeting and financial management, public health and welfare, and minority politics. Other areas include public management information systems, education finance, and public administration education. He has two books on minority politics and two books on public budgeting and financial management. His current research examines the prevalence of obesity, infant mortality, and other health care factors on children.
His 2005 book, Politics in the New South: Representation of African Americans in Southern State Legislatures, edited with Stephen D. Shaffer, won the V.O. Key Award from the Southern Political Science Association for best book written on southern politics that year.
Menifield has served on the Executive Council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), as President of the International Conference on Local Government, and on editorial boards including Public Administration Review; Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management; Journal of Health and Human Services Administration; and the Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs. An award-winning teacher, he is a former Ronald E. McNair Scholar and in Spring 2016 won the Missouri University Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity. He is a fellow-elect in the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).
He has twice been a Visiting Scholar at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C., where he did extensive research on state implementation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Prior to working in Washington, he was an Associate Professor of political science and public administration at Mississippi State University and an Assistant Professor at Murray State University.
Menifield came to Rutgers SPAA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs since 2013 and Professor since 2012. Prior to that, he was at the University of Memphis for nine years where he was a Professor and Associate Professor and served as Director of the public and nonprofit administration program.