Presidential Fellows

Presidential Fellow Anne Khademian

Anne Khademian
Presidential Fellow and Professor
Anne Khademian is a Presidential Fellow, based in Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region. Appointed to her new role by President Timothy Sands in March 2018, Khademian supports the collaborative implementation of Beyond Boundaries initiatives, working across the university’s campuses and stakeholder committees to support organizational innovation and growth. Khademian is a nationally recognized scholar and author in the areas of inclusive leadership and organizational change, with over 20 years in higher education. As director of the School of Public and International Affairs in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies for seven years, Khademian led SPIA through a period of significant growth and transformation, including the introduction of new academic degrees and programs; increased student enrollment; new faculty hires; forging of new global partnerships and initiatives; and extended outreach into the local community.

Khademian’s research focuses on leadership and organizational culture, inclusive management, policy networks, and the work of organizations involved in homeland security and financial regulation. 

She is the author of three books: "Working with Culture: The Way the Job Gets Done in Public Programs" (CQ Press, 2002); "Checking on Banks: Autonomy and Accountability in Three Federal Agencies" (Brookings, 1996); and "The SEC and Capital Market Regulation: The Politics of Expertise" (University of Pittsburgh Press 1992). She has published numerous articles on public management and public policy, including 23 journal articles, eight publications, 14 book chapters, 14 book reviews, and four reports.

Khademian is a fellow and chair of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization established by Congress to assist government leaders in building more-effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. She is also a member of several editorial boards for public administration and policy journals and has served as a co-editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Khademian began her career at Virginia Tech in 2003, after teaching at the University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Michigan, and serving as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. Over the next eight years, she rose from associate professor in the Center for Policy Administration and Policy, to CPAP program director, chair, and professor. She was named director of the School of Public and International Affairs in 2011.

Khademian holds a Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, along with a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University. She was recently inducted into MSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame for cross country and track.