Richard Stevens '74 Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

December 21, 2017

On October 12, 2017, the University's Distinguished Alumni Award was bestowed on triple Tar Heel and Carolina MPA grad Richard Stevens. The award is presented annually to alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill who “have made an outstanding contribution to humanity in any walk of life.” We congratulate Stevens ’70, JD ’74, MPA ’78, who has dedicated his life to the improvement of his home state and his alma mater, on receiving this prestigious award.

Jamie Markham Pens the School of Government’s First Graphic Novel

December 20, 2017

In October 2017, the School of Government published its first graphic novel, In Prison: Serving a Felony Sentence in North Carolina, written by School faculty member James Markham and North Carolina Department of Public Safety employee Shane Tharrington, with illustrati

Faculty Member Leisha DeHart-Davis Quoted in News & Observer Article about Women Running for Public Office

December 12, 2017

Faculty member Leisha DeHart-Davis, associate professor of public administration and government, was quoted in a News & Observer article that examines the increasing number of women running for public office.

Whitney Afonso Named to Governing Board of National Budgeting Association

November 22, 2017

Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Government Whitney Afonso was elected to serve on the Executive Committee for the Association of Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).  An expert in public finance, Afonso will serve a three-year term beginning January 2018.

Faculty Member DeHart-Davis Releases Book on Creating Effective Rules in Public Sector Organizations

October 25, 2017

Associate Professor Leisha DeHart-Davis draws on a decade of original research and interdisciplinary scholarship in her new book, Creating Effective Rules in Public Sector Organizations.

Faculty Members Kimberly Nelson and Carl Stenberg Author New Local Government Management Publication

October 10, 2017

Associate Professor Kimberly Nelson and Professor Carl Stenberg have recently published a new book, titled Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers. The book offers a practical introduction to the changing structure, forms, and functions of local government. The authors incorporate real-life scenarios and case studies while providing historical context to U.S. local governments.

School of Government Partners with UNC Press

October 2, 2017

The School of Government has partnered with the University of North Carolina Press’s Office of Scholarly Publishing Services to distribute its publications.

NC Racial Equity Network Receives Award from National Association

September 29, 2017

The NC Racial Equity Network, housed at the UNC School of Government, was awarded a Program of Excellence Award by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Founded in 1915, UPCEA is the leading association for professional, continuing, and online education.

Jessica Smith Receives “Friend of the Court” Award from NC Chief Justice

September 15, 2017

On Monday, Sept. 11, faculty member Jessica Smith received the Amicus Curiae Award from North Carolina Chief Justice Mark Martin.  The award, bestowing her with the title of “Friend of the Court,” recognizes Smith for her outstanding service to the Judicial Branch of North Carolina. 

New Course Page Design Live on

September 1, 2017

The School of Government is proud to release a new design of our course offerings on The new page has been designed to make finding course details and registration easier and more efficient for all users. 

School of Government Recognized for Service by Statewide Association

August 18, 2017

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) honored the UNC School of Government with their Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1970, the award celebrates an individual or an entity that “has rendered a truly outstanding and distinctive service to the cause of improving local government above and beyond his usual duties or occupation.” 

Faculty Member Whitney Afonso Publishes Article on Local Sales Tax

July 20, 2017

Assistant Professor Whitney Afonso's article, "State LST Laws: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Laws Governing Local Sales Taxes," has been published in the top-ranked Public Budgeting and Finance journal.