Aaron M. Deslatte

Aaron Deslatte is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration. Deslatte received his Ph.D. from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University, as well as master's degrees in public administration and political science from FSU. His research interests focus broadly on local government management, land use, sustainable development and social equity. Deslatte's work has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Urban Affairs Review, Policy Studies Journal and other journals. Prior to joining NIU, he had a 15-year career in journalism at news organizations from The Kansas City Star and Gannett News Service to his last position as the Tallahassee Bureau Chief for the Orlando Sentinel, where he covered the governor, Florida Legislature, executive agencies and state political campaigns.

Areas of Expertise

  • Local government management
  • Urban policy
  • Sustainability

Selected Publications

"What do we know about urban sustainability? A research synthesis and nonparametric assessment," with William L. Swann (Forthcoming, Urban Studies).

"Managerial Friction and Land-Use Policy Punctuations in the Fragmented Metropolis," (Forthcoming, Policy Studies Journal).

"Bureaucratic Entrepreneurialism in the Age of Urban Austerity: Framing Policies, Taking Risks and Building Capacity," (Forthcoming book chapter, Urban Studies and Entrepreneurship: How Can Cities Foster Entrepreneurship?).

"Handing over the Keys: Local Nonprofit Economic Development Corporations and their Implications for Accountability and Inclusion," with Alicia Schatteman and Eric Stokan (2018, Public Performance & Management Review).

"Florida's growth management experience: From top-down direction to laissez faire land-use," (2018, Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions).

"Hierarchies of Need in Sustainable Development: A Resource Dependence Approach for Local Governance," with Eric Stokan (2017, Urban Affairs Review).

"Context Matters: A Bayesian Analysis of How Organizational Environments Shape the Strategic Management of Sustainable Development," with William L. Swann (2017, Public Administration).

"Urban Pressures and Innovations: Sustainability Commitment in the Face of Fragmentation and Inequality," with Richard Feiock and Kate Wassel (2017, Review of Policy Research).

"A narrative approach to analyzing transitions in urban water management: The case of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department," with Galen Treuer, Elizabeth Koebele, Kathleen Ernst, Margaret Garcia and Kim Manago (2017, Water Resources Research).

"Three Sides of the Same Coin? A Bayesian Analysis of Strategic Management, Comprehensive Planning and Inclusionary Motives in Land Use," with Richard Feiock and William L. Swann, (2017, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory).


Aaron M. Deslatte

Assistant Professor
Office: IA 208


Ph.D., Florida State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Department of Public Administration
IASBO Building (2nd Floor)
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lunch break: noon-1 p.m.