Master of Public Administration

Jennifer C. Biddle, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Public Administration

Program Coordinator of Coastal and Ocean Policy Program

Faculty Advisor to MPA Policy Analysis Concentration


George Mason University, Ph.D. - Public Policy

George Mason University, M.S. - Environmental Science

Pennsylvania State University, B.S. - Horticulture, Certified in Rain Garden Design and Installation

Teaching and Research 

Dr. Biddle teaches courses in environmental policy and policy analysis. She earned her M.S. in Freshwater Ecology and Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University. Her primary areas of research include adaptive governance, collaborative environmental management, and water policy. Jennifer’s current research documents first person municipal water manager perceptions and concerns to leverage existing adaptive governance theory in the creation of both top down and bottom up approaches to preserve the integrity of our public water systems. 

Dr. Biddle received awards from UNCW’s Center for Teaching Excellence for engaging students in applied learning to address environmental justice issues in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local government officials in order to help bridge the gap between science and policy expertise. Jennifer’s early research and professional experience involved advising clients on Clean Water Act permitting and regulations at an environmental firm outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and assisting state agency programs aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.  These experiences, working in both private and public environmental sectors, awarded Jennifer with a balanced perspective on the practical constraints and political challenges that arise when implementing water policies.  Her career goal is to apply her knowledge and training toward the betterment of water protection strategies.