MPA Faculty

Diane Brown

Phone: (707) 664-2463
Email: diane.brown@sonoma.edu
MPA, Sonoma State University, teaches graduate courses in nonprofit governance and legal issues, planning, resource development/fundraising, nonprofit dynamics, and the comprehensive exam tutorial.

Donald Dixon

Phone: (707) 664-2179
Email: sra@sonic.net
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, teaches graduate courses in planning, implementation, evaluation, public policy, and research methods. He teaches prerequisite courses in state and local government, California politics, and urban politics.

David McCuan

Phone: (707) 664-3309
Email: david.mccuan@sonoma.edu
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, teaches graduate courses in the administrative state, public policy, and personnel. He teaches prerequisite courses in federalism and intergovernmental relations, as well as state and local government.

Andy Merrifield

Phone: (707) 664-2875
Email: andy.merrifield@sonoma.edu
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, teaches budgeting, public policy, ethics, and organizational theory. He teaches prerequisite courses in federalism, intergovernmental relations, and state and local government.

Catherine Nelson

Phone: (707) 664-3963
Email: catherine.nelson@sonoma.edu
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, teaches graduate courses in ethics and personnel.

Emily Ray

Phone: (707) 664-2731
Email: emily.ray@sonoma.edu
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, MPA Coordinator and new to SSU in Fall 2015. Her expertise is in environmental politics and environmental political theory with a particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and public policy. Her research centers on natural resource disputes, the political economy of resource use, and how to build a theory of collective environmental responsibility.