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Anna Fountain Clark, Ph.D., MPA

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Anna Clark received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2016 and joined the Drake University faculty in fall 2017. Dr. Clark teaches courses in organizational theory, leadership, and various topics in public and nonprofit management. Her research focuses on how public employees make decisions, how organizational priorities (e.g., innovation, inclusiveness, engagement) encourage internal practices, and how managers’ behaviors affect both employee attitudes and agency outcomes. She has published in Public Administration Quarterly, Public Personnel Management, and the International Journal for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. As a public administration scholar, Dr. Clark is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the Section for Women in Public Administration, as well as several honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-3813
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 348


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Dallas
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Denver

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Risk and decision making in the public sector
  • Organizational theory
  • Public management
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