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Emily Bieda McCartha

Public Administration


A native Texan, Emily moved to North Carolina in 2012 to pursue her PhD in Public Administration. Since that time, she and her family have made Raleigh their home and Emily now works full-time as a Program Evaluator for the Program Evaluation Division of North Carolina General Assembly. She also serves as an instructor for the University of North Carolina’s MPA@UNC program. Her dissertation is examining how organization manage their participation in multiple collaboratives over time. Generally, she is interested in the policy areas of public education, public health, and public land management. 

Prior to living in North Carolina, Emily grew up in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and attended school in Austin at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a BS in Urban studies in 2009 and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the LBJ School in 2011. During her 8 years in Austin, Emily worked for an engineering firm in the permitting department and then for an arts education nonprofit entity working to facilitate colalboration between arts education providers, the philanthropic community, local government, and public schools through a Kennedy Center of Arts grant.

Emily enjoys working in the field as well as the classroom and finding ways theory and research meet practice. 


Fleming, C. J., McCartha, E. B. and Steelman, T. A. (2015), Conflict and Collaboration in Wildfire Management: The Role of Mission Alignment. Public Administration Review

McCartha, E.B. Tragedy of the Commons. American Governance. Ed. Stephen L. Schechter. 5 vols. Detroit: Macmillan. 2016.


ARNOVA, November ‘16, Washington DC, “Placemaking nonprofits: How the nonprofit landscape is shaping the physical enviornment.” Co-author.

SECOPA, October '15, Charleston, SC - "Lost without transcription? A comparative assessment of audio transcripts and field notes."​ Co-Author/Presenter 

American Society of Public Administration, March '14, Washington DC - Deil Wright Symposium Panel Member,  "Mission Alignment and Misalignment in Multi-Jurisdictional, Multi-Governmental, Wildfire Disaster Response, Co-Author/Presenter

Social Equity Leadership Conference, June '13, Raleigh NC - "Public Parks & Squares: An Opportunity for Increased Social Equity"​ Author/presenter

American Society of Public Administration, March '13, New Orleans, LA - "The Status of Women in Public Administration: Twenty Years Later" Co-author/presenter


Dissertation: A mixed-method investigation of how organizations manage their collaborative portfolios over time

Research related to how the work of collaboratives containing nonprofits, government entities and private entities are literally shaping the built and natural enviornments. 


  • Master in of Public Affairs from LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin , 2011
  • B.S. in Urban Studies, Government from The University of Texas at Austin, 2009