Meghna Sabharwal

Meghna Sabharwal

Professor, Public and Nonprofit Management
Associate Provost for Faculty Success
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, M. 2023. Rising Gender Inequities: The Case of Authoritarian Patriarchy. Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration, 1(1), 59–74.  2023 - Journal Article
McCandless, S., Bishu, S. G., Gomez Hernandez, M., Paredes Eraso, R., Sabharwal, M., Santis, E. L., & Yates, S. 2022. “A Long Road: Patterns and Prospects for Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Public Administration.” Public Administration 100(1).  2022 - Journal Article
Maria D’ Agostino, Helisse Levine, Meghna Sabharwal, Al C Johnson-Manning*. 2022. “Organizational Practices and Second-Generation Gender Bias: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Career Progression of U.S. State Level Managers.” American Review of Public Administration.  2022 - Journal Article
Trangthu Nguyen, Evan M. Berman, Geoff Plimmer, Andre Samartini, Meghna Sabharwal and Jeannette Taylor. 2022. “Enriching Transactional Leadership with Public Values.” Public Administration Review.  2022 - Journal Article
Trang T. Hoang*, Ji Won Suh*, and Meghna Sabharwal. 2022 “Beyond a Numbers Game? Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on the Perception of Organizational Justice.” Public Administration Review.  2022 - Journal Article
Sebawit Bishu, Meghna Sabharwal and Rebecca Reyes*. 2022. “Careers of Women Public Managers: Career Needs of Women Public Managers across Generations.” Public Administration Review.  2022 - Journal Article
Sabharwal, M., Aurora Becerra*, and Seongdeok Oh*. 2022. “From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the COVID-19 Pandemic:  A Historical Analysis of Racism Experienced by Asian Americans in The United States.” Public Integrity.  2022 - Journal Article
Charlene L. Roach, Meghna Sabharwal, Romeo Abraham*, and Wayne-Charles- Soverall. 2021. “Does the Public Service Motivation Model hold in the Caribbean” Review of Public Personnel Administration. (Awarded the 2022 Best Paper by the International Chapter, ASPA)  2021 - Journal Article

Awards

Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) - National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) [2023]
2023 The President’s Teaching Excellence Award in Graduate Instruction - University of Texas at Dallas [2023]
2023 Rosemary O’Leary award for Scholarship on Women in Public Administration. “Beyond a Numbers Game? Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on the Perception of Organizational Justice” published in Public Administration Review with Trang Hoang* and Jiwon Suh - International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) [2023]
2023 Sylvester Murray Mentorship Award - Awarded by Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) to an academic or practitioner with a history of mentoring and supporting students and young professionals - Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) [2023]
Recipient of the 2022 Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award - Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration [2022]
Recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Community Outreach and Engagement Award - School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, UT Dallas [2022]
Nominated for the 2022 President’s Teaching Excellence Award in Graduate/Professional Instruction and received an honorable mention - University of Texas at Dallas [2022]
2022 Best Paper Award. International Chapter, American Society of Public Administration. Paper Title: Does the Public Service Motivation Model hold in the Caribbean?” Review of Public Personnel Administration. - American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) [2022]
2022 Best Paper Award (2nd place), Meghna Sabharwal, Aurora Becerra*, and Seongdeok Oh*. “The Othering Experience: A historical analysis of racism experienced by Asian Americans in the U.S.” - Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) [2022]
Recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Scholar Award from the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR) - American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) [2021]

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
The University of Texas at Dallas [2015–2020]
PhD Director
University of Texas at Dallas [2016–2018]
Program Head
University of Texas at Dallas [2018–2022]
Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2020–Present]
Associate Provost of Faculty Success
The University of Texas at Dallas [2023–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
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
Ad-hoc Journal Reviewer
Editorial Board 1.     Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) 2019-2021

2.     Public Administration Review (PAR) 2019-2021

3.     Journal of Health and Human Services Administration (JHHSA) 2019-2021

4.     Asian Journal of Political Science 2018-2020

5.     Public Personnel Management (PPM) 2017-2018

6.     Review of Public Personnel Review (ROPPA) 2017-2020

7.     Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) 2015-2017

8.     Indian Journal of Public Administration, leading journal of Public Administration being published regularly by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi, since the early 1960s.

9.     Governance and Management Review (GMR) research journal by Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS) at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Ad-hoc Journal Reviewer (for over 30 Journals)

Administration and SocietyAmerican Journal of Evaluation American Review of Public Administration Asia Pacific Education Review Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society Educational PolicyEducational ResearchEuropean Political Science Review Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal Governance and Management ReviewHigher Education Higher Education ReviewJournal of Clinical and Experimental OncologyJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis Journal of Public Administration Education Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory Indian Journal of Public AdministrationInternational Journal of Public Policy International Review of Administrative Sciences National Science Foundation (peer reviewer)Population Research and Policy ReviewPublic Administration Review Public Integrity Public Management Review Public Personnel Management Research Evaluation Research Policy Research in Higher Education Review of Public Personnel Administration ScientometricsSocial Forces Social Science Quarterly State and Local Government ReviewThe Social Science Journal Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

News Articles

Public Management Professor, Innovative Engineers Earn Honors (NAPA)
Public Management Professor, Innovative Engineers Earn Honors (NAPA) Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, was recently named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Sabharwal is the first person to be chosen for the honor while a member of the UT Dallas faculty. Teodoro Benavides, associate professor of practice of public and nonprofit management and Dallas city manager from 1998 to 2004, was named a fellow in 2000 before joining the UTD faculty.
“I am enthusiastic about my role and look forward to collaborating with an exceptional group of NAPA fellows in our shared pursuit of better governance and working together to further the academy’s vision of justice, fairness and inclusion,” Sabharwal said.

Innovative Educators Earn President’s Teaching Excellence Awards (2023)
Innovative Educators Earn President’s Teaching Excellence Awards (2023) The University of Texas at Dallas recognized a group of faculty members for their outstanding achievements recently during the Center for Teaching and Learning’s sixth annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, professor of public and nonprofit management

What’s your advice for someone teaching graduate students for the first time?
Less is more. It’s better to cover fewer topics in greater depth than to cover too many topics superficially. Also, set the tone for the class early. It’s important to establish a positive and respectful learning environment and communicate your teaching style, expectations and goals. Finally, create an inclusive environment and seek ongoing feedback from your students.

What is one of your favorite memories from teaching at UT Dallas?
Getting to know my students on a personal level. It’s amazing to hear about their diverse backgrounds, life experiences and the obstacles they’ve overcome to get where they are today.
Professor To Receive Doctoral Education Award
Professor To Receive Doctoral Education Award Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, will receive the 2022 Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

The award, established in 2014, recognizes a faculty member whose work with doctoral students is at a very high level.
EPPS Professors, Computer Engineering Senior Earn Recognition
EPPS Professors, Computer Engineering Senior Earn Recognition Two associate professors in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) have received awards from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, program head of public and nonprofit management, has earned the 2020 Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award. 

Teodoro Benavides, associate professor of practice of public and nonprofit management, won the 2020 Paul Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service.

Sabharwal was recognized for her work on gender-related issues and subjects significant to women’s roles in public administration and for making an impact through research on women’s lives.
Accolades: Faculty Members Earn Honor, New Leadership Role
Accolades: Faculty Members Earn Honor, New Leadership Role Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, professor and program head of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas, received the 2021 Outstanding Scholar Award from the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary record of research, teaching and service in public human resource management.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to receive the Outstanding Scholar Award from ASPA,” Sabharwal said. “Thanks to all my students who push me to be a better scholar, teacher and person. Thanks to all my mentors, colleagues and the entire human resources community for continuing to inspire me with their research and scholarly contribution

Affiliations

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

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]