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Angela Evans

Angela  Evans

Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice

Contact Info

SRH 3.226

Office Hours

Wednesdays 1:30-3:00 and by appointment

Angela Evans joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as clinical professor of the practice of public policy after serving 40 years in public service to the U.S. Congress. The last 13 of these years she was the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service—the Legislative Branch agency created by the U.S. Congress to serve as its primary source for policy research and analysis.

During her long career she worked with Members of Congress and their staffs on all major legislative deliberations, assisting them as they confronted some of the most critical and complex policy problems facing the nation.

As Deputy Director she led major organizational changes that not only enhanced the research capacity of the Service but also improved the effectiveness of critical operations, including: human resources; information resources; finance and budgeting; and technical systems. Among her achievements were the creation of unique management positions to lead the Services’ research and analysis; the development and implementation of an agency-wide research agenda directly aligned with the legislative deliberations of the Congress; the development of new products and services, including the launch of a web site; the introduction of performance standards to evaluate the success of the Service; the development of new performance assessment system or all Service staff, and the creation of the first federally funded succession plan to address the potential retirement of a large cohort of the workforce.

Research Activities

Professor Evans has been the recipient of research awards, including:

  • Policy Research Institute (PRI) (2015): grant to support research on how knowledge exchanges processes and mechanisms operation to support effective interactions among social scientists, public decision-makers, and community stakeholders.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) (2014): grant to develop a curriculum blueprint to enhance the capacity of social scientists to create and sustain social change.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) (2012): grant to explore the power of the research-academic-policy nexus to stimulate social innovation.
  • Dirksen Congressional Center:  Robert H. Michel Special Project Grants  (2012):  grant to research the historical attempts to reform the governance and procedures of the U.S. Congress and to offer recommendations for reform.
Teaching Awards

Professor Evans has been awarded: the Texas Exes Teaching Award, 2012; the Most Valuable Class, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2011and 2012; the Most Helpful Professor to Students, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015; and the Best New Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 2010.





BA, summa cum laude, Canisius College; MA, with honors, Experimental Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Current Positions

Professor Evans is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has served on its Nominating Committee, Program Committee, and the Business Model Task Force.

Professor Evans is currently serving as the President of the Association for Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). She served as President-elect were she was responsible for the annual fall conference, and as President where she developed governance structures and program initiatives to improve access to the social science research undertaken by Association by policymakers.

Professor Evans is currently serving a three-year term on the editorial board on the Public Administration Review.

Previous Positions

Professor Evans also has served several consecutive terms on the APPAM Policy Council. While on the Council, she held leadership positions, including: Chair of the Policy Relevance Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, member of the selection committee for the Kershaw award, member of several Program Committees, member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and member of the Executive Director Search Committee.

In 2011 she served as the special editor to the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management for submissions resulting from the 2011 international conference with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Professor Evans also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She co-chaired the Policy Issues Committee and served on the Program Committee in 2012.

Professor Evans serves on the Executive Council of the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. In 2011-2013, Professor Evans co-chaired the Policy Issues Committee of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and served on the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Program Committee.

In 2015 she was invited to serve on the selection committee for the D.B. Hardeman Prize

Professor Evans taught public policy and management as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy

Journal Articles

Presidential Address:  Reflections of an Accidental Analysts JOURNAL OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT

Volume 34, Issue 2, Spring 2015, Pages: 256–266, Angela M. Evans.Article first published online : 10 MAR 2015, DOI: 10.1002/pam.21815

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs policy research project report; no. 176.



Volume 32, Issue 1, Winter 2013, Pages: 172–185, Angela M. Evans and Adriana Campos.  Article first published online: 13 JUN 2012, DOI: 10.1002/pam.2165

Demand for masters of public policy in public service


Volume 27, Issue 2, Spring 2008, Pages: 417–433, Angela M. Evans. Article first published online: 13 MAR 2008, DOI: 10.1002/pam.20332



Authored numerous confidential public policy reports and policy memoranda on social policy and public administration issues during my career at the CRS.



Prepared testimony for the Director for the Congressional Research Service and the

Librarian of Congress for oversight, authorizing and budget and appropriations hearings from 1996-2009.


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