Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., is interim dean and a professor of public administration and policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
She has published books, scholarly articles, book chapters and technical reports in the areas of social equity, welfare policy and postsecondary education. She has conducted several research studies for MDRC, as well as other national research organizations. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered academy. Gooden served as president of the American Society for Public Administration, the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. She was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. She previously served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Gooden is a faculty affiliate at Duke University’s Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. She received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.