Brandon W. Kliewer

Assistant Professor of Civic Leadership
Staley School of Leadership Studies, Kansas State University

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science

Brandon W. Kliewer, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor of civic leadership in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University and an associate scholar with Points of Light. Brandon specializes in deliberative civic engagement, community-engaged scholarship, collective impact, and cross-sector collaboration and partnership. He is currently working on a series of manuscripts that report the results of civic leadership development programs, deliberative civic engagement forums, and community engagement practices. His scholarship often involves undergraduate & graduate students, community members, and working professionals in ways that create, mobilize, and synthesize knowledge for common good efforts. Brandon’s scholarship is committed to creating conditions in which individuals, and community, exercise leadership in ways that makes progress on tough challenges and cultivate practices of democracy. Brandon holds a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in political science and a Master’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He can be reached at

  • PhD, University of Georgia 2011 Political Science
  • MA, Virginia Tech 2008 Political Science
  • AB, Virginia Tech 2006
Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Serving as the Graduate Student Program Coordinator for the SPIA at Oxford program. (spring 2011)

Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

Board Member, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Walker’s Coffee and Pub. I spent many hours there working on my dissertation, meeting with the political theory reading group, and enjoying the occasional Saturday night in Athens.

Recent Honors / Awards
  • Florida Campus Compact Graham-Frey Civic Award, 2013
  • The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, 2013.