MPA DirectorAssociate Professor of Public Administration and Policy

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Eric Zeemering is MPA Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. His research investigates local governance and intergovernmental relations, including interlocal contracting for municipal service delivery and the design and performance of networks for local environmental governance. He has received funding from the Canadian government to analyze intergovernmental coordination on sustainability efforts by local governments across the border between the U.S. and Canada. During the winter semester of 2014, he was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Zeemering’s interest in local government led to his elected service on the city council in Rockford, Michigan (1999-2001), and appointed service on the Kent County Housing Commission (2003-2006) and the Daly City Parks and Recreation Commission (2009-2011). He received his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in 2007 and his B.A. in political science from Aquinas College in 2001.


Ph.D. Political Science, Indiana University, 2007


B.A. Political Science, Aquinas College, 2001

Areas of Expertise

Local governance, Intergovernmental relations, environmental policy

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Recognized by MPA Students at Northern Illinois University as Professor of the Year, 2017


Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration, 2014


Norton Long Young Scholar Award and Clarence N. Stone Scholar Award, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2012

Research Interests


  • Local governance and city management
  • Advice networks and institutional design for metropolitan governance
  • Interlocal contracting for municipal service delivery
  • US/Canada cross-border environmental governance
  • Intergovernmental program design for Great Lakes governance
  • Urban sustainability
Selected Publications

Zeemering, Eric S. Forthcoming. Local politicians’ advice networks and the prospect of metropolitan civil society. Journal of Urban Affairs.

Zeemering, Eric S. Forthcoming. Student public service value priorities. Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Zeemering, Eric S. 2019. Do interlocal contracts seek collaborative efficiency? An investigation of police service delivery in California cities. Public Management Review 21 (7): 968-987.

Zeemering, Eric S. 2019. An agenda for comparing local governance and institutional collective action in Canada and the United States. Urban Affairs Review 55 (3): 858-886.