Maureen Berner, MPP, PhD

Local Government

Professor of Public Administration & Government

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Maureen Berner first joined UNC School of Government in 1998, teaching program evaluation, statistics and budgeting. Between 2003 and 2005, she worked at the University of Northern Iowa, where she directed efforts to provide outreach activities for local governments based on the UNC model. In 2005, she returned to the School of Government to work with MPA students and public officials. Berner has been active in research and teaching in both academia and in government, and her publications include a variety of books, textbooks and journal articles. She currently heads the North Carolina Hunger Project, which documents and evaluates the prevalence of hunger and food insecurity in the state. Previously, Berner worked for four years with the Budget Issues Group at the U.S. General Accounting Office, including a rotation to the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee while serving as a Presidential Management Intern. Berner received an MPP from Georgetown University and Ph.D. in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Expertise

Public administration; program evaluation; research methods and survey methodology; applied statistics; budget preparation and enactment; citizen participation


  • “Everyday Statistics for Public Managers.” International City County Management Association. 2010
  • “Research Methods for Public Administration.” 5th Edition. Elizabethann O’Sullivan, Gary Rassel and Maureen Berner. Addison Wesley Longman. 2007.
  • “Minority Contracting Programs: A Critical Juncture of Public Policy, Administration, Law, and Statistics.” Heather Martin, Maureen Berner and Frayda Bluestein. Public Administration Review, Volume 67 Issue 3 (May/June 2007), pp. 511 – 520.
  • “Learning From Your Neighbor: The Value of Public Participation Evaluation for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.” Maureen Berner and John Stephens. Forthcoming to Journal of Public Deliberation. Berner contribution: 50%.
  • “What Constitutes Effective Citizen Participation in Local Government? Views from City Stakeholders.” Maureen M. Berner, Justin M. Amos and Ricardo S. Morse. Public Administration Quarterly, Vol. 35 No. 1.