Maja Husar Holmes

Maja Husar Holmes
  • Director, Professor


Maja Holmes is the Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration and Professor of Public Administration. She is dedicated to advancing public service education, engaged scholarship, and fostering inclusivity through research, teaching, and service.  


Ph.D. in Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University
MPA in Public Administration , Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University
B.S. in Business Administration, John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis


Maja's research has focused on public leadership, and diversity and inclusion in public management and higher education. Her work has been published in journals including State and Local Government ReviewAdministration & SocietyJournal of Public Administration Research & Theory. She has made significant contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education through National Science Foundation-funded applied research and the co-authored book, Engaging Faculty in Group-Level Change for Institutional Transformation. 


Dr. Holmes has served key roles in supporting the profession of public service education through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and served as chair and member of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA).