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Public and Nonprofit Management, Effective Altruism
Dr. Taggart came to the University of Wyoming to lead the new Nonprofit Studies concentration within the Master of Public Administration program at UW. At UW he teaches nonprofit related courses such as Survey of the Nonprofit Sector, Social Entrepreneurship, and Philosophical Perspective in Philanthropy. He also teaches public administration courses in the core curriculum of the MPA program and undergraduate political science degree. In the past Dr. Taggart's research focused on higher education studies and public management, and now he is specifically interested in effective altruism and public lands administration. He earned his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Arizona State University in 2017 where he was also named the Most Outstanding Doctoral Student in his final year. While a doctoral student Dr. Taggart taught college courses in the Arizona State Prison and he is interested in continuing his teaching in the prisons in Wyoming. He has presented at various conferences in the US and Europe and his research has been published in various journals, including Public Administration Review, International Public Management Journal, Social Science Quarterly, Public Personnel and Management Review, and Sociological Inquiry, among others.
Right now, I am open to graduate students who are interested in working on the two following research projects: 1) an examination of dissent among employees of public lands agencies in the Western US, and 2) studies of giving behavior through the lens of effective altruism in both the US and Brazil.
I am a fan of professional and college basketball and when I can find a good game I'll play most any team sport (but mostly basketball, soccer, and ultimate). I am a superfan of the TV show Survivor. In an alternate universe I would have been a river guide and mountain biking guide in the mountains of the west.