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Grant Neeley

Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Data Intelligence; Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Email: Grant Neeley
Phone: 937-229-5070
MH 338


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Tennessee, 1996
  • MPA, Texas A&M, 1991
  • B.A., Political Science, Texas A&M, 1989


Grant Neeley teaches and conducts research in several public policy fields, public administration, state politics and political behavior. Prior to joining the UD faculty, Grant was on the faculty at Texas Tech, the University of Cincinnati and Ball State University. He also serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy Reserve. He has played on and coached several collegiate club lacrosse teams.

Grant served as the Director of the MPA Program at UD from May 2007 to August 2014. In 2014, he became the Director of Graduate Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences. He recently served as the chair of the Department of Political Science.

Faculty perspective

"The environment at UD supports students, faculty and staff with opportunities to engage in and out of class. UD is a unique university - the faculty are engaged with students in and out of the classroom. Student development and leadership is carried out by all members of the UD community, that's what makes UD special."

Courses taught

  • American Political System
  • State and Local Government
  • Morality Policy
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • Public Policy

Professional activities

  • Journal Paper Reviewer, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, National. (2010 - Present)
  • Officer/Committee Member, Chair, NASPPA Marketing Committee, National. (January 2008 - Present)
  • Officer/Committee Member, Chair, NASPAA Conference Site Selection Committee, National. NASPAA conference site selection committee (September 2011 - September 2013)
  • Executive Council, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) Site Visit Team
  • Lilly Advisory Council
  • Rivers Institute Curriculum Committee
  • City of Dayton Bike Task Force
  • Planning Committee, Miami Valley Cycling Summit

Research interests

  • Traffic Safety
  • Health Policy
  • Public Management and Civic Engagement
  • Government and Public Relations

Selected presentations

Neeley, G. W. (Presenter & Author), Poster, Annual Meeting, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Austin,TX, "Communication on Purpose: A New Model for Public Outreach", Panel Participant, Academic, International. (October 15, 2012).

Neeley, G. W., Neeley, S. M. (Presenter & Author), Paper, Annual Meeting, Southwestern Political Science Association, San Diego, CA, "Policy effectiveness in mitigating prescription overdose deaths: a state-level examination", Panel Participant, Academic, National, Accepted. (April 3, 2012).

Selected publications

Neeley, G. W., Pautz, M. (2012), "MPA Programs Should Teach Students to Justify Their Jobs" (10th ed., vol. 35, pp. 4). Washington DC: PA Times.

M.V. Hood III, Neeley, G. W. (2009) "Citizen, Defend Thyself: An Individual-Level Analysis of Concealed-Weapon Permit Holders," Criminal Justice Studies, 2009, 22:73-89.

Neeley, G. W., Richardson Jr., L. E. (2009) "The Effect of State Regulations on Truck-Crash Fatalities," American Journal of Public Health, 99:408-415.

Pierce, J. L., Neeley, G., Budziak, J. (2008) "Can Deliberative Democracy Work in Hierarchical Organizations?" Journal of Public Deliberation, 4(1): Article 14.

Gerber, B. J., Neeley, G. W. (2005) "Perceived Risk and Citizen Preferences for Governmental Management of Routine Hazards," Policy Studies Journal, 33(3):395-418.