Associate Professor Ronald Harris is a renowned researcher who brings invaluable public service experience and insight to USF. His prolific body of research explores topics like policy formulation in the public sector, community senior networks, and societal sustainability.
As the recipient of numerous research grants and contracts from the federal government, Dr. Harris has carried out intensive studies evaluating the effectiveness of state programs that aim to serve at-risk teens and the elderly. His findings have been instrumental in evolving the application of governmental assistance to the aging population, allowing more seniors to extend the time they can live, with dignity, in their own homes.
Preparing students for meaningful careers in public service, Professor Harris hopes to lead by example, giving them the knowledge, tools and rigorous examination skills to determine what makes programs and care initiatives work.
Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University at Saint Louis, 1996
M.A., Political Science, Texas A&M University, 1980
B.S., Public Administration, Eastern Michigan University, 1979
- The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
- PA 670: Quantitative Methods
- PA 617: Health Management
The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.
"Louisiana Answers for Living at Home: State Pilot Program for Aging in Place," The International Journal of Aging and Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012
"The Louisiana Aging Network: Analyzing an Organizational Network," The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2012
"Life Expectancy and Ecological Footprint: Societal Sustainability and Health Equity," The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 6, Issue 4, 2010
"Reconciling Technological Viability with Social Feasibility: the Case of Natural Pozzolans for Sustainable Development," World Review of Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2008 (with T.D. Eatmon and C.W. Seifert)
Honors and Awards
Engineering Award, Mondialogo International Dialogue and Exchange, Berlin, Germany, 2005
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Systems Management Program, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University, 2007 - 2013
Associate Professor, Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge, 1996 - 2007
Director of Research, Evaluation, and Information Technology, Louisiana Office for Addictive Disorders, Department of Health and Hospitals, 2000 - 2002