Gloria Simo received her PhD in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, with major fields in public administration, public policy and urban studies. She joins the Department of Public Administration as an assistant professor in the fall of 2010. Her research interests include the implementation and challenges of cross-sector collaboration, especially during times of extreme events, as well as needs assessment and evaluation studies in urban planning, housing and community development, and the value of field work in graduate education. Her most recent research is based on the field study experiences she led in New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.
In addition to teaching, Gloria has administrative experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, serves on several nonprofit boards and volunteers in a variety of organizations that serve the homeless and provide low-income housing. She has a long-time interest in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and her travels often include seeing his buildings in various parts of the country. She also enjoys swimming and practices yoga and the Feldenkrais Method ™.
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