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Shannon K. Portillo

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Shannon Portillo, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. Dr. Portillo takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work pulling on organizational theories rooted in Public Administration and Law and Society to explore how rules and policies are carried out within public organizations. To date she has done work in a broad array of organizations including problem-solving courts, probation, restorative justice programs, administrative hearings, policing, higher education and city management. Using a variety of methods, she collects empirical data to assess how social, cultural and legal factors influence the day-to-day operations in these organizations. Teaching and research interests include social equity, social justice, organizational theory, and legal mobilization. Her work has appeared in Law & Policy, Administration & Society, Law & Social Inquiry, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory and Public Administration Review.

Teaching Interests

  • Law & Society
  • Social Equity
  • Social Justice
  • Law & Public Management

Research Interests

  • Law & Society
  • Social Equity
  • Social Status
  • Race/Ethnicity and Gender
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Rules & Public Law
  • Organizational Theory

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