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Faculty and Staff Profile

Vaiva Kalesnikaite

Assistant Professor

Office: 2083 Barre Hall



Educational Background

Ph.D. Public Affairs
2018 Florida International University

M.A. Empirical Political and Social Research
2014 University of Stuttgart

B.A. Political Science
2011 Vilnius University

Courses Taught

Contemporary Administrative Organizations
Research Methods for Public Administration
Foundations of Social Science Research for Public Policy
Professional Development for Public Policy Scholars


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. I teach courses in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the PhD in Policy Studies program. Prior to joining Clemson University, I served as an Assistant Professor at State University of New York at Brockport. My research has been published in Journal of Public Administration and Theory, Governance, Public Performance and Management Review, and other journals.

Research Interests

My primary research agenda focuses on public management at the local level of government. More specifically, I study the factors that facilitate collaborative governance as a strategy to address public issues through local government engagement with public and private stakeholders. My secondary research area is bureaucratic corruption that examines the tools of curbing grand and petty corruption.

Research Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Kalesnikaite, Vaiva, Milena I. Neshkova, and Sukumar Ganapati. (Accepted). Parsing the Impact of E-Government on Bureaucratic Corruption. Governance.

Bryer, Thomas A., Vaiva Kalesnikaite, Egle Butkeviciene, Jolanta Valanciuniene, and Egle Vaidelyte. (2022). Non-Economic Factors of Emigration: Development of a Theoretical and Practical Intervention Framework. International Migration 60(2): 208-221.

Kalesnikaite, Vaiva, and Milena I. Neshkova. (2020). Problem Severity, Collaborative Stage, and Partner Selection in US Cities. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 31(2): 399-415.

Kalesnikaite, Vaiva, and Allan Rosenbaum. (2020). Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Lessons Learned from Implementing the MDGs. African Journal of Public Administration and Management 18(1): 133-147.

Kalesnikaite, Vaiva. (2019). Keeping Cities Afloat: Climate Change Adaptation and Collaborative Governance at the Local Level. Public Performance and Management Review 42(4), 864-888.

Neshkova, Milena I., and Vaiva Kalesnikaite. (2019). Citizen Participation and Public Corruption in Local Government: Evidence from Latin America. Governance 32(4), 677-693.

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