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Dr. Michael Howell-Moroney Associate Professor & Division Director

Associate Professor & Division Director



Office: 134 McCord Hall

Office Phone: (901) 678-3360

Fax: (901) 678-2981E-mail: mhwllmrn@memphis.edu

Classes Taught

PADM 7607: Public Management Leadership

PADM 7224: Seminar on Problems in Urban Administration

Areas of Expertise 

  • Local Government
  • Public Policy
  • Research Methods



Recruited from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Howell-Moroney was the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program. While at UAB, Dr. Howell-Moroney received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. He joined the Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration as Director in the Fall of 2012.


Dr. Howell-Moroney’s research has been published in numerous scholarly journals in the fields of public administration and urban affairs. In addition, he has had numerous extramurally funded research projects, totaling over $1.2 million, including two grants from the National Science Foundation.


His research focuses on three principal areas:  1) questions surrounding urban inequality and metropolitan governance, looking at the social and political structures which serve to worsen and better the urban condition. 2) child welfare policy and the foster care system. Dr. Howell-Moroney’s research examines the role of faith-based partnerships as an important source of capacity for the system.  3) transparency and accountability in local government.


Dr. Howell-Moroney has a record of engaged scholarship, both at the local and national levels. He has served as an advisor on numerous boards, written or contributed to many reports and local community based research projects. He recently coauthored a report for the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) on the state of intergovernmental relations in the United States.

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