Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Assistant Professor, Public Policy Program
Research Fellow, Center for Organizational Research and Design, Arizona State University
Research Clusters: Equality and Opportunity Policy; Policy Process and Administration
Research Interests: Social Capital and Political Engagement; Policy Implementation; Public Management; Social Policy; Cognitive and Psychological Influences in the Policy Process; Gender, Race, and Policy
Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, volunteering, human resource management, and social policy. More specifically, her work examines how organizations interact to deliver public services, how job sector relates to individual outcomes and behaviors, and issues in human resource management, particularly related to employment dynamics and equity and inclusion. Her research appears in top journals, such as the Journal of Public Administration Review and Theory and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and her co-authored book, Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures.
Dr. Piatak’s professional experience includes working in the federal government at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She received a Doctoral Fellowship from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and two Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Awards and a Recovery and Reinvestment Act Award from her work at the U.S. Department of Labor.
- PhD in Public Administration, American University
- MPP, The Johns Hopkins University
- BA in Political Science, Providence College
- Maestas, C., Chattopadhyay, J., Leland, S., & Piatak, J. (2018). Fearing Food: The Influence of Risk Perception on Public Preferences for Uniform and Centralized Regulation Policy. Policy Studies Journal.
- Piatak, J. (2018). Weathering the Storm: The Impact of Cutbacks on Public Employees. Public Personnel Management.
- Piatak, J., Dietz, N., & McKeever, B. (2018). Bridging or Deepening the Digital Divide: Influence of Household Internet Access on Formal and Informal Volunteering. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
- Piatak, J.S., Romzek, B.S., LeRoux, K.M., & Johnston, J.M. (2018). Managing Goal Conflict in Public Service Delivery Networks: Does Accountability Move Up and Down or Side to Side? Public Performance & Management Review, 41(1): 152-176.
- Piatak, J., Mohr, Z., & Leland, S. (2017). Bureaucratic Accountability in Third-Party Governance: Experimental Evidence of Blame Attribution during Times of Budgetary Crisis. Public Administration, 95(4): 976-989.
- Piatak, J.S. (2017). Sector Switching in Good Times and in Bad: Are Public Sector Employees Less Likely to Change Sectors? Public Personnel Management, 46(4): 327-341. (Lead Article)
- Piatak, J.S. (2017). Understanding the Implementation of Medicaid and Medicare: Social Construction and Historical Context. Administration & Society, 49(8), 1165-1190.
- Piatak, J.S. (2016). Time Is on My Side: A Framework to Examine When Unemployed Individuals Volunteer. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 45(6): 1169-1190.
- Piatak, J.S. (2016). Public Service Motivation, Prosocial Behaviours, and Career Ambitions. International Journal of Manpower, 37(5): 804-821.
- Piatak, J.S. (2015). Altruism by Job Sector: Can Public Sector Employees Lead the Way in Rebuilding Social Capital? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 25(3): 877-900.
- Romzek, B.S., LeRoux, K.M., Johnston, J.M., Kempf, R., & Piatak, J.S. (2014). Informal Accountability in Multi-Sector Service Delivery Collaborations. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24(4): 813-842. (Lead Article)
Barnow, B.S., Trutko, J.W., & Piatak, J.S. (2013). Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures. Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn.
Johnson, J.M., Piatak, J.S., & Ng, E. (2017). Managing Generational Differences in Nonprofit Organizations. In Word, J.K.A. & Sowa, J.E. (Eds.), The Nonprofit Human Resource Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice. New York: Routledge.