Justin Bullock, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Service and Administration (MPSA), earned his PhD in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia in 2014, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in public administration. He joined the Bush School faculty in August 2014 and began teaching last September. His classes currently include Foundations of Public Service, and Public Management. He will teach Quantitative Methods in Public Management in the near future.
Public service has been the center of Bullock’s studies throughout his graduate career.
“I’ve always been interested in ways to make society better,” Bullock said. “So I focused my studies on how to improve society and government systems.”
Bullock brings a wide breadth of research experience and resources to the Bush School faculty. His research includes studies of the motivating factors for public and private employees, errors at the bureaucratic level, and the reasoning behind improper payments in unemployment insurance and health care. Bullock has coauthored articles that have appeared in several major refereed journals. He was a coauthor of the first virtual issue of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), and also coauthored the JPART article: “How (Not) to Solve the Problem: An Evaluation of Scholarly Responses to Common Source Bias.” Another of his coauthored articles is “Attitudes about Hard Work: A Global Perspective on the Beliefs of Government Employees,” published in the International Public Management Journal.
Bullock has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including the Public Management Research Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the European Group on Public Administration, the Academy of Management, and the International Health Economics Association.
Fresh from receiving his PhD, Bullock is committed to delivering a classroom experience designed to engage and inform his students.
“It is important for our students in the MPSA program to have applied skills,” Bullock said. “I really like the seminar with discussion learning style. In my classes, we read and evaluate case studies and then apply what we learn from the readings in real problem-solving scenarios.”
Bullock said making the move from the University of Georgia to the Bush School was easy, especially given the School’s reputation and unique academic opportunities for students.
“I was attracted to the Bush School for a number of reasons,” Bullock said. “The first was the caliber of the faculty. Having the opportunity to work with such great scholars was a big draw. Another factor was the School’s focus on public service. That really set the program apart from other MPA programs in the country. And, finally, having the opportunity to work with such high-quality students was another huge draw,” he added.
Looking ahead, Bullock is excited about exploring new avenues of his research and continuing to work with students in the upcoming semesters.
“I’m really looking forward to the public management course,” Bullock said. “It’s been great watching students network and learn from one another during class. Seeing them adopt different viewpoints and adapt their critical thinking skills to find alternative solutions has been very rewarding. I’m looking forward to watching my students grow in the coming semester and in their respective careers post-graduation.”