I am an Assistant Professor of public administration and management at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP). 

My research lies at the intersection of public management and administration, personnel management, and social equity. Broadly, I apply research that investigates organizational equity performance.


Faculty Excellence Award for Contributions in Research

Co-recipient of the School of Public Affairs 2021faculty excellence award for contributions in research

"New Voices" Lecture Series

Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia

March 12, 2021 

Research Presentation

World Bank Gender Innovation Lab and Bureaucracy Lab

March 02, 2021 

Public Lecture 

Graduate School of Public Administration. Seoul National University

January 28, 2021



I will be joining the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2021



I was recently awarded a second year research fellowship extension, for the academic year 2020-2021, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, (the Women and Public Policy Program, WAPPP)


Bishu, S.G. & Heckler, N. (2020). Women Municipal Managers Doing and Undoing Gender. Journal of Public Administration and Theory.

Bishu, S.G. and Headley, A.M. (2020). Equal Employment Opportunity: Women Administrators in Male Roles. Public Administration Review.

Kennedy, A. and Bishu, S.G. (2020). This for That: EEOC Outcomes and Representative BureaucracyReview of Public Personnel Administration

Stonehill, A., Bishu, S.G., and Taddse, H. (2020). Factors associated with long-acting and short-acting reversible contraceptive use in EthiopiaBritish Medical Journal Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Bishu, S.G. and Kennedy, A. (2020).  Facing the Giant: A Framework to Undo Sex-Based Discrimination in Academia. Public Administration Review.

Kennedy, A., Bishu, S.G., and Heckler, N. (2020). Feminism, Masculinity, and Active Representation: A Gender Analysis of Representative Bureaucracy. Administration and Society.