GETTING TO KNOW BLAIR
M. Blair Thomas, PhD, MPH, MPA is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and an Adjunct Professor at the Askew School of Public Administration & Policy at Florida State University. His research interests broadly focus on citizen engagement and how local governments engage in marketing and branding from a strategic management perspective. Complimentary research explores issues at the intersection of race, protest, sport and public administration and the impact that athlete engagement has on citizen participation. His recent research appears in academic journals such as Administration & Society, Administrative Theory & Practice, American Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Review, and Public Performance & Management Review.
In the classroom, Dr. Thomas is an award-winning instructor tha tailors each course to meet the changing demands of each class culture by focusing on the development of personal relationships while upholding a commitment to social equity and meeting the needs of each student. A teaching generalist with over 23 different courses taught across public administration and political science, Dr. Thomas maintains a commitment to utilizing best practices across all formats and deliveries.
Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University and also holds a M.P.H. from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Portland. You can follow him across all social media platforms at @mblairthomas