Daniel Fay


Dr. Daniel Fay is an Associate Professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. His research interests include organizational theory, diversity issues in public management, veterans’ policy, policy diffusion, and higher education policy and management. His work appears in Research in Higher Education, Social Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Technology Transfer, American Review of Public Administration, Policy Studies Journal International Journal of Organizational Theory & Behavior, and Public Administration Review.

Prior to joining the faculty at The Florida State University, Dr. Fay served as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University, a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, and a Postdoctoral Associate at Syracuse University. His veterans’ research has received external funding from the National Science Foundation and a Google Impact Award.


Ph.D., University of Georgia’s School of Public and Academic Affairs, Public Administration and Policy
MPA specializing in Higher Education Administration, University of Georgia
BA, University of Florida, English

Courses Taught

Directed Individual Study (PAD5907)
Professional Topics in Public Administration (PAD6930)
Policy Development and Administration (PAD5035)
Human Resource Management (PAD5417)
Policy Analysis Research Seminar (PAD6721)
Policy Analysis Seminar (PAD 6721)
Preliminary Examination Self-Study (PAD6960)
Representative Bureaucracy (PAD5907)
Celebrity Influence in Public Administration (PAD5907)
Policy Econometrics (SOW6938)

Awards & Honors

2nd Place Poster Award, Association of Policy Analysis and Management (2016).

Selected Publications

Fay, D.L.Hicklin Fryar, A.Meier, K.J.Wilkins, V. (2021). “Intersectionality and equity: Dynamic bureaucratic representation in higher education.” Public Admin., Vol. 99, pp. 335– 352.

Tang, T., Hou, J., Fay, D.L., & Annis, C. (2021),Revisit the drivers and barriers to e-governance in the mobile age: A case study on the adoption of city management mobile apps for smart urban governance.” Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 563-585.

Thomas, M.B., Fay, D.L., & Berry, F.S. (2021)More Than a Logo: Branding Viewpoints from City Managers Leading to Testable Propositions.” Public Performance & Management Review.

Gaozhao, D. and Fay, D.L. (2020), “Fighting Fake News: What Public Organizations and Managers Can Do to Counter Health Misinformation?” 2020 APPAM Fall Research Conference.

Fay, D.L. & Ghadimi, A. (2020), “Collective Bargaining during Times of Crisis: Recommendations from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Public Admin Rev, Vol. 80, pp. 815-819.

Polischuk, L., & Fay, D.L. (2020). “Administrative Response to Consequences of COVID-19 Emergency Responses: Observations and Implications From Gender-Based Violence in Argentina.” The American Review of Public Administration, vol. 50, no. 6–7, pp. 675–684.

Thomas, M.B., Fay, D.L., & Berry, F.S. (2020). “Strategically Marketing Florida’s Cities: An Exploratory Study Into How Cities Engage in Public Marketing.” The American Review of Public Administration, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 275–285.

Fay, D.L. & Zavattaro, S.M., (2019)Contracting, Ethics, and Policy Adoption: The Case of Florida Municipalities.” Public Integrity, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 301-319

Zavattaro, S.M. and Fay, D.L. (2018), “Brand USA: A natural quasi-experiment evaluating the success of a national marketing campaign.” Tourism Management, Vol. 70, pp. 44-48.

Fay, D.L. (2018), “Moves and Countermoves: Countermovement Diffusion of State Constitutional Amendments.” Policy Stud J, Vol. 46, pp. 354-377.

Zavattaro, S.M., Fay, D.L., Lichrou, M., Giovanardi, M., & Kavaratzis, M. (2017). “A branding stranglehold: The case of Florida’s orange tie.” In Inclusive Place Branding (Vol. 1). Chapter, Routledge.

Zavattaro, S.M. and Fay, D.L. (2017), “Social media in state lotteries: Exploring the role of technology in program marketing.” International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 100-122.

Oliveira, E., Bond, A. L., Fay, D.L., Kennedy, R. D., Hanna, A., Hetherington, A., & Gardner, R. (2017). “Onto the job market!”. Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond (pp. 73-93). Palgrave Macmillan.

Fay, D. L. & Zavattaro, S.M. (2016). “Branding and Isomorphism: The Case of Higher Education.” Public Administration Review.

Zavattaro, S. & Fay, D.L. (2016). “Social Media in State Lotteries: Exploring the Role of Technology in Program Marketing.” International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior. 

Fay, D. L. & Wenger, J. (2015). “The Political Structure of Policy Diffusion.” Policy Studies Journal. 

Fay, D. L. (2014). “Planning for a Payout Effectiveness of Special Purpose Entities as State Lottery Administrations.” The American Review of Public Administration.

Daniel Fay

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Director

Areas of Interest: Public Management, Public Policy, Higher Education, Veteran Affairs

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