Political Science and Public Administration

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jami Taylor

Associate Professor

Jami Taylor joined the department of political science and public administration as an assistant professor in 2009. She teaches a wide variety of courses in the areas of public policy, public administration and American politics. Prior to joining the University of Toledo, she served as a visiting assistant professor at Ohio University and as an adjunct for North Carolina State University.

Jami’s research has appeared in Administration & Society, Armed Forces & Society, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Politics & Policy, American Review of Politics, Public Personnel Management, Current Studies in Librarianship and the American Review of Public Administration. Additionally, Jami and Donald Haider-Markel (University of Kansas) co-edited Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption(2014, University of Michigan Press). Much of Jami's work addresses public service motivation, why people engage in political advocacy, or the empirical study of LGBT rights related policy-making.

Jami is from Norfolk, Virginia and she holds a bachelors degree in economics and a masters degree in public administration from Old Dominion University. In addition, she completed a masters degree in library science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In conjunction with her library science degree, Jami obtained public librarian certification from the State of North Carolina. Jami's PhD in public administration was obtained at North Carolina State University. Prior to enrolling at NC State, Jami worked as a municipal real estate appraiser for the City of Suffolk in Virginia. While there, she obtained residential appraisal certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Additionally, she earned the Residential Evaluation Specialist designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers. In addition to her career in real estate taxation, Jami served as a revenue officer for the Internal Revenue Service and as a library assistant for the City of Chesapeake.

On a personal level, Jami enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter.  She is also an avid college football/basketball fan (NC State) and a very devoted supporter of the London based football club, Arsenal.


  • PhD in Public Administration, North Carolina State University
  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Master of Public Administration, Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in real estate finance, Old Dominion University

Research Interests

  • Interest groups and policymaking
  • LGBT politics and policy
  • Public service motivation
  • Policy diffusion

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  • PSC 1200: American National Government
  • PSC 2300: Principles of State and Local Government
  • PSC 3250: Public Opinion
  • PSC 3410: Principles of Public Policy
  • PSC 3420:  Principles of Public Administration
  • PSC 4220/5220: Advocacy Groups in American Politics
  • PSC 4470/5470: Public Organization Theory
  • PSC 4590/5590: Law, Politics and the Policy of Sexuality
  • PSC 4980/5980 Sports, Politics and Society
  • PSC 6110: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • PSC 6430: Public Policy Theory and Analysis
Last Updated: 1/4/17