Sebawit G. Bishu

Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Management, University of Colorado Denver

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About Sebawit

Bishu’s research centers around making government effective and equitable through conscious public management and policy design. Bishu's work interrogates underlying inequities in public policies, public leadership, public service management as well as in bureaucrat-citizen interaction. Bishu's research is applied within the geographic and social contexts of selective Sub-Sharan African countries and in North America. Bishu is particularly passionate about improving women’s participation in decision-making roles in government in Africa and the United States.

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Quoted by Emily Anthes in "The Great Experiment," The Washington Post, September 10, 2020.


"A Systematic Review of the Gender Pay Gap and Factors That Predict It " (with Mohamad G. Alkadry). Administration and Society 49, no. 1 (2016).

Conducts a systematic review of 98 peer-reviewed journal articles that empirically investigate the presence of the gender pay gap along with factors that espouse it in organizations.

"Factors Associated With Long-Acting and Short-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Use in Ethiopia: An Analysis of the 2016 Demographic and Health Survey" (with Alexandra Stonehill and Henock B. Taddese). The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care 25, no. 5 (2020): 350-358.

Examines different individual, social, service related factors associated with use of contraceptive types among Ethiopian women.

"This for That: What EEOC Trends Reveal About Representative Bureaucracy" (with Alan H. Kennedy). Review of Public Personnel Administration (2020).

Provides a longitudinal trend assessment of organizational policy priorities, policy outcomes and workforce representation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

"Equal Employment Opportunity: Women Bureaucrats in Male-Dominated Professions" (with Andrea Headley). Public Administration Review (2020).

Applies qualitative research method to explore gendered processes that women city managers and police officers encounter in their their day-to-day leadership and street-level bureaucracy roles.