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Leigh Hersey
Assistant Professor
School of Behavioral & Social Sci
STRS 109
318-342-1332
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Leigh N Hersey, Ph D
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Education

Ph D

2009, Public Administration
Arizona State University

MEd

1997, Athletic Administration
Temple University

BA

1994, Journalism
University of Georgia

Biographical Sketch

Leigh Nanney Hersey is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and program coordinator for the MPA program. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State

University in 2009, with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Journalism and her M.Ed. from Temple University in Athletic Administration. Dr. Hersey’s teaching and research covers public and nonprofit administration, grant writing, civic engagement, and social media.

Dr. Hersey has presented at numerous academic and professional conferences throughout the United States. She has several journal articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited a book on the arts and civic engagement. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a dozen years. Dr. Hersey served on the City of Scottsdale (AZ) Parks and Recreation Commission, chairing the commission in 2004. In 2012 Dr. Hersey was nominated for the Volunteer Mid-South Spirit of Giving Award.

Research Interests

Dr. Hersey has studied a wide variety of topics related to the public service area. Her main focus areas are fundraising, volunteerism, and civic engagement. She has applied these topics in a variety of topics, including arts, animal welfare, higher education, and engaged scholarship. 

Professional Positions

August 2016

Assistant Professor, MPA Coordinator, University of Louisiana Monroe

2016 2009

Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

August 2009 March 2007

Development Associate, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

March 2007 July 2005

Assistant Director of Cardinals Charities, Arizona Cardinals Football Club

July 2005 February 2004

Director of Development, The TesseracT School

February 2004 April 2000

Development Officer, Arizona State University

March 2000 February 1999

Resource Development Assistant, St. Mary's Food Bank

November 1998 August 1998

Loaned Executive, Valley of the Sun United Way

May 1998 July 1997

Special Events Coordinator, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

April 1997 November 1996

TeamWalk Coordinator, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Awards & Honors

May 2017 Honors Faculty of the Year.

Courses Taught

POLS 2002STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, 1 course(s)

POLS 2010HONORS POLITICAL SCIENCE, 1 course(s)

POLS 3001RESEARCH METHODS, 1 course(s)

POLS 4099SENIOR SEMINAR, 1 course(s)

POLS 5030PUBLIC BUDGETING & FINANCE, 1 course(s)

POLS 5031NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT, 1 course(s)

POLS 5032GRANT WRITING, 1 course(s)

POLS 5091DIRECTED STUDY, 1 course(s)