The University of New Mexico School of Public Administration (SPA) announced the hiring of two new faculty members, Kate Cartwright and Shuyang Peng.

College of Arts & Sciences Dean Mark Peceny, noted that both bring diverse educational backgrounds and exceptional credentials to the SPA. Cartwright and Peng began their appointments at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

Kate Cartwright

Cartwright is a Senior Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. Her research examines how structural factors and social determinants of health influence racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. She has also done comparative health systems research.

Cartwright volunteered with AmeriCorps as a legal advocate for immigrant youth in federal detention in El Paso, Texas. She has worked with immigrant communities in Pennsylvania and Georgia and is also a former Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow, where she spent a year in residence at Clark Atlanta University. Cartwright received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University and a M.A. in English from Lehigh University.

Peng received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University. Her research focuses on public and nonprofit management, human resource management, and performance measurement. She is particularly interested in the influence of organizational environment on employee motivation and behavior in public and nonprofit organizations. She also conducts research in the areas of public-nonprofit collaboration, performance information use, and leadership.

Shuyang Peng

Peng’s articles have appeared in Public Administration Review and Public Performance & Management Review. She is a fellow of the Center for Organizational Research and Design at Arizona State University.

The School of Public Administration provides a solid academic foundation to prepare students for leadership and management positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. From public management and organizational behavior, to public policy evaluation and health policy and management, our faculty provides insights into the numerous challenges facing our society and government and how they can best be managed.