Meghna Sabharwal

Associate Professor and Program Head of Public & Nonprofit Management
Tags: Public and Nonprofit Management Social Data Analytics and Research

Professional Preparation

Ph. D. - Public Administration
Arizona State University - 2008
M.S. - Agribusiness and Resource Management
Arizona State University - 2003
B.S. - Agriculture Sciences
Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University - 1998

Research Areas

RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Human Resource Management
  • Workforce diversity
  • Job satisfaction and productivity
  • Comparative Human Resources Practices
  • High-Skilled Migration
TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Workforce Diversity
  • Public Management
  • Research Design

Publications

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2013. Comparing Research Productivity Across Disciplines and Career Stages. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 15(2): 141-163. (IF 0.510) 2013 - Publication
Sabharwal, Meghna. 2013. From Glass Ceiling to Glass Cliff: Women in Senior Executive Service. Submitted to Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (in press) (IF 2.175, 5 year IF- 3.192) 2013 - Publication
West, Jonathan, Loo-See Beh, and Meghna Sabharwal. 2013. “Charting Ethics in Asia-Pacific HRM: Does East Meet West, Ethically?” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 33(2): 185-204. (IF 0.465) 2013 - Publication
Sabharwal, Meghna, and Iris Geva-May. 2013. Advancing Underrepresented Populations in the Public Sector: Approaches and practices in the Instructional Pipeline. Journal of Public Affairs Education (in press). 2013 - Publication
Sabharwal, Meghna. 2013 “Productivity and Leadership Patterns of Female Faculty Members in Public Administration.” The Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(1): 73-96. 2013 - Publication
Sabharwal, Meghna; Imane Hijal-Mograbhi; and Marcene Royster. Preparing Future Public Servants: Role of Diversity in Public Administration. Submitted to Public Administration Quarterly (forthcoming). 2013 - Publication
Sabharwal, Meghna and Qian. Hu. 2013. Participation in University-Based Research Centers: Is it Helping or Hurting Researchers? Research Policy, 42(6-7): 1301-1311. (IF 2.520, 5 year IF- 3.977) 2013 - Publication
Sabharwal, Meghna. 2011. Job Satisfaction Patterns of Scientists and Engineers by Status of Birth. Research Policy, 40 (6): 853-863. (IF 2.520, 5 year IF- 3.977) (Google Scholar: 4 citations). 2011 - Publication
Sabharwal, M. High-skilled immigrants: How satisfied are foreign-born scientists and engineers employed at American universities? Review of Public Personnel Administration (forthcoming). 2011 - Publication
Corley, E., & Sabharwal, M. Scholarly collaboration and productivity patterns public     administration: Analyzing recent trends. Public Administration, 88(3), 627-648. 2010 - Publication

Appointments

Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2009–2015]
EPPS
Adjunct
Arizona State University [2008–2008]
Postdoctoral Fellow
The City College of New York [2008–2009]
Graduate Research Associate
Arizona State University [2004–2008]
Graduate Research Assistant
Arizona State University [2000–2004]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2015–Present]
PhD Director
University of Texas at Dallas [2016–2018]
Program Head
University of Texas at Dallas [2018–Present]

Additional Information

Professional Memberships
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), 2007 -present
  • American Political Science Association (APSA), 2008-2012
  • Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA), 2006-2009
  • Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA), 2011-present
  • The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), 2007-2010, 2018-present
  • Western Social Science Association (WSSA), 2006-2009, 2013, 2015-present
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Profile highlighted in PA Times Summer Edition on Women in Public Administration
  •  Faculty advisor on two undergraduate poster awards (2016 and 2018). The 2018 poster was chosen for the final round.
  •  Won the Marcia P. Crowley Service to the Section Award (2018) by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA), which recognizes outstanding service to SWPA.
  •  Nominated for the 2018 President’s Teaching Excellence Award in Graduate/Professional Instruction
  •  Won the 2017 Best Graduate Professor Award, Public and Nonprofit Management, EPPS, University of Texas at Dallas
  •  Nominated for the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, but did not win the university final nomination.
  •  Won the 2016 Best Undergraduate Instruction Award, Public and Nonprofit Management, EPPS, University of Texas at Dallas
  •  Won the 2016 University of Texas at Dallas Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Engagement Teaching Award. Awards sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at UTD.
  •  Won the Julia J. Henderson International Award (2015) by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section for Women in Public Administration, which recognizes demonstrated commitment to international public administration, in particular, or to international public service.
  •  Won the best article award for the Journal of Public Affairs Education, 2013. “Advancing Underrepresented Populations in the Public Sector: Approaches and practices in the Instructional Pipeline.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 19(4), 657–679. 
  • Won the best article award for the journal Review of Public Personnel Administration, 2013. “Charting Ethics in Asia-Pacific HRM: Does East Meet West, Ethically?” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 33(2): 185-204
  • National Best Chapter Award for the honors society Pi Alpha Alpha. Role: Faculty advisor, 2013 
  • EEPS Comet Teaching Award, Nominee and Honorable Mention University of Texas at Dallas, 2015-16 and 2013
  • Inclusive Excellence & Intercultural Engagement (IEIE) award, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Dallas, 2011
  • Nominated by School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University for the Annual Dissertation Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), May 2008
  • University Graduate Fellowship Award, Arizona State University, November 2007
  • N. Joseph Cayer Scholarship award for academic achievement, Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, Spring 2004 and Spring 2007
  • Lou Weschler Scholarship for graduate students in Public Administration, Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, May 2006
  • Student Foundation Scholarship for academic achievement, leadership and community development, Arizona State University, Spring 2005 
Classroom Teaching
Graduate Instruction
 
  • 2019, 2017 Spring, PA 6386, Diversity Management
  •  2019 Spring, Public Management (online)
  •  2018 Spring, 2016 Spring and Fall, 2014 and 2012 Spring, PA 6311, Public Management
  •  2018 Fall, 2017 Fall, 2016 Spring and 2015 Fall, PA 6320, Organizational Theory (online)
  •  2015 Fall, 2013 Spring, 2009 Fall to 2011 Spring, PA 6345, Human Resources Management
  •  2012 Fall, PA 6319, Special Topics: Diversity in the Public Sector
  •  2009 Spring, PSM B1730, Policy Analysis and Writing (CUNY, NY)
  •  2008 Fall, PSM 1700, Introduction to Public Policy (CUNY, NY)
  •  2008 Summer, PAF 501, Public Service Research Methods I (ASU)
Undergraduate Instruction
 
  • 2017 Fall (In class), 2013 Summer, PA 2325, Introduction to Public Service (online)
  • 2015 and 2014 Spring, PA 3379, Diversity in the Public Sector 
  • 2016 Fall, 2015 Fall, 2012 Fall, 2010 Spring to 2011 Spring, PA 3333, Human Resources Management 
  • 2012 Spring, PA 3335, Organizational Behavior

News Articles

Public Affairs Professor Explores Immigration of High-Skilled Workers
Dr. Meghna Sabharwal came from India to the United States to pursue her PhD. And like many others from her native country, she decided to stay.

The UT Dallas assistant professor’s experiences inspired her to study why some foreign-born science and engineering PhD graduates stay in the United States, while others return to their home countries.

Sabharwal, who teaches public affairs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, is being recognized for her contributions to understanding immigration of high-skilled workers. Most recently, she received the Julia J. Henderson International Award at the American Society for Public Administration conference in Chicago.
NSF Grant Funds Prof's Study of Reverse Brain Drain in U.S.
Competitive salaries and research opportunities are strong incentives for foreign-born academics to work in the United States.

But are they enough to keep them here?

Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, assistant professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, recently landed a National Science Foundationgrant to study these patterns of migration.

“Academic scientists and engineers from other countries tend to be very productive when they come to the U.S., but we are slowly seeing that they are returning to their native countries rather than staying here,” she said. “We want to examine this trend of reverse brain drain.”
Study Examines Diversity Trends in Past Presidential Appointments
A new UT Dallas study found significant differences in the rate that minorities and women were appointed to top federal jobs under the Democratic and Republican presidents between 1993 and 2013.

Past research has shown that Democratic presidents appoint more minorities and women to the highest levels in the federal government than Republican presidents do. The new study, recently published in the journal Administration & Society, examined trends in appointments during the administrations of former President Bill Clinton and former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama’s first term.
LGBT Study Stresses Importance of Creating Inclusive Workplace
Based on 2015 data, federal government employees who identified as LGBT were more likely than heterosexual employees to say they planned to leave their jobs within a year, according to new University of Texas at Dallas research.

Even LGBT federal employees who viewed their workplace as open and supportive were more likely to say they wanted to quit, according to the findings.

Affiliations

Midwestern Political Science Association
Pi Alpha Alpha Honorary membership
The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management
Western Social Science Association
American Political Science Association
American Society of Public Administration

Funding

Return Migration of the Highly Educated: Experiences, Career Outcomes, and Job Satisfaction of Faculty in Science and Engineering in India
- NSF [2011–2012]
Profits, Convergence, Open Science, and Disciplinary Differences. (Unfunded)
$354642 - NSF [2009–2012]
The Relation Between Productivity and Structural Convergence in U.S. Scientific Work Environments (Unfunded)
$339,990 - NSF [2009–2012]