Faculty Highlight

Meet Dr. Linlang He, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration 

First, tell us a little about yourself.

I joined the Department of Public Administration this Fall as an Assistant Professor. I received my Ph.D. in Policy Studies from University of Maryland and I did my postdoctoral research at Michigan State University before joining UNT. I teach courses in public administration research methods, environmental policy analysis, and local government management.

Why did you choose to study public administration?

Promoting the public good.

What are your main areas of research, and why did you choose those specific areas?

Many of my research projects address issues at the intersection of the environment and social justice, explore the linkages between natural, human-built, and social systems in the connected rural-urban networks, and attend to the challenges in collaborative governance. I chose to study these areas because they help policy actors find synergistic pathways towards sustainable development goals.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Helping students grow and growing with them.

What do you hope your students gain from your courses?

Tools and knowledge that they will be able to use to meaningfully engage with and potentially inform practitioners regarding public administration practices.

When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

Working out and gardening.

Do you have any fun facts that others may not know about you?

I was born in China but spent my teenage years in Singapore and Canada. Also, I first visited the United States at the age of 10 as a flute soloist.