Dr. Thaddieus (Tad) Conner, Associate Professor

Ph.D University of Oklahoma 2012      


Areas of Specialization

  • Public Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Education Policy
  • Tribal Governance and Administration


Research Interests and Publications

Dr. Conner completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with an emphasis in public administration, public policy, and American politics. He is interested in questions related to public management and collaboration with a particular focus on the involvement of Native American communities in service delivery networks.  Dr. Conner has published several articles on collaborative governance, intergovernmental relations, public opinion, education policy, and race and ethnic politics. He also teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate level courses including research methods, public budgeting and finance, public administration, political science, and Native American politics. He also served as Editor of the Indigenous Policy Journal and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the American Review of Public Administration. 

Select Publications

Conner, Thaddieus. (forthcoming). “Deserving and Engaged: How Individual Attitudes Influence Stakeholder Engagement.” Politics, Groups, and Identities.

 Conner, Thaddieus, Aimee Franklin, and Christian Martinez. 2021. “Gambling on Decentralization: How State Regulatory Environments Condition the Impact of Federal Policy.” State and Local Government Review. 53(4): 298-316.

 Conner, Thaddieus and Aimee Franklin. 2019. “20 Years of Indian Gaming: Re-Assessing and Still Winning.” Social Science Quarterly. 100(3): 793-807.

Conner, Thaddieus. 2017. “Exploring the Diverse Effects of Stakeholder Engagement on Organizational Performance.” American Review of Public Administration. 47(6): 634-647.

Conner, Thaddieus, Matthew Nowlin, Thomas Rabovsky, and Joseph Ripberger. 2016.  “Cultural Theory and Bureaucratic Values: Examining Trust as a Motivation for Collaboration.” Public Administration. 94(4): 915-932.

Conner, Thaddieus and Stephanie Witt. 2016. “The Role of Capacity and Problem Severity in Adopting Voluntary Intergovernmental Partnerships: The Case of Tribes, States, and Local Governments.” State and Local Government Review. June (48): 87- 99.

Conner, Thaddieus. 2016. “Representation and Collaboration: Exploring the Role of Values and Beliefs in the Collaborative Process.” Public Administration Review. 76(2): 288-301.

Conner, Thaddieus. 2014. “Collaboration and Indian Education: Exploring Intergovernmental Partnerships between Tribes and Public Schools.” Journal of American Indian Education. 53(2): 48-65.



  • Public Budgeting
  • Ethics in Government
  • Political Research Skills 
  • Native American Politics
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Introduction to Political Science

Dr. Conner CV.pdf


Contact Information

Email at conner03@nmsu.edu