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MPA Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Kuzma

The Master of Public Administration Department is thrilled to spotlight Jennifer Kuzma. She is a highly distinguished academic, researcher and professor. While she is a professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, she is also a co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center. She is also the associate director of the new Precision Microbiome Engineering Center. Kuzma brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our MPA community. She teaches courses such as PA 510 (Institutions and Values), PA 552 (Science and Technology Policy), and GES 591 (Special Topics in Genetic Engineering: Systems Modeling)

Her main area of research focus is how governance systems for emerging biotechnologies are designed and operate, including the nexus of science and values in risk governance in decision making about genetic engineering, gene editing and synthetic biology.

In addition to her major research breakthroughs, Kuzma has been recognized with a plethora of awards and honors throughout her career. To name a few, she was elected a lifetime fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has also been awarded the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Science and Society. It is a true testament to her international recognition in her field. She has been elected to the Research Leadership Academy at NC State and was presented with the Alumni Association Outstanding Research Faculty Award. 

Kuzma’s dedication to advancing the understanding of the realm of biotechnologies and governance systems demonstrates her commitment to addressing the complex issues of our world. We are lucky to have a professor so renowned within our ranks. We are privileged to have her expertise and leadership in our department.