Susan Gooden

Susan Gooden


Bowe House, Room 202 Phone: (804) 828-7078 Email:


  • Social equity
  • Program evaluation
  • Research methods


Ph.D., Syracuse University


Public policy and administration, social equity and public policy analysis, research methods, social welfare policy

Research interests

Gooden has conducted several research studies for MDRC, as well as for other national research organizations


Susan T. Gooden is professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and fellow of the congressional chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Her books include Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government (2014, Routledge) and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators (2012, Routledge), a co-edited volume. Her research on social equity has been published in Public Administration ReviewJournal of Public Administration Research and TheoryAdministrative Theory and PraxisState and Local Government ReviewJournal of Public Management and Social PolicyJournal of Public Affairs EducationReview of Public Personnel Administration and other journals. Her research has been funded by several organizations, including the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC and the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Gooden has received several awards and honors, including the Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award (2015); the Messick Scholar, University of Delaware (2015); Service Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences (2011-12); and corecipient, Best Article of the Year Award, Journal of Public Affairs Education (2007).

She was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She has previously served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Gooden is a faculty affiliate at Duke University’s Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. She received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1996.

Three words: Social equity, program evaluation, research methods

Wilder School program affiliations: public administration, public policy