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G.L.A Harris, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Contact Information
Office: URBN 670 S
Telephone: 503.725.9594


Dr. Harris is a Professor of Public Administration who came to Portland State University in late 2004 following a career as a practitioner ‘in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development in food manufacturing and as the principal of her consulting firm serving a cross section of clientele in both the public and private sectors. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with concentration in Public Management from Rutgers University; an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado; and a B.A. in Social Psychology with a minor in Organizational Behavior from Park University (formerly Park College). Upon graduation from Rutgers University, Dr. Harris taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at Drexel University during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Dr. Harris is also a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. She formerly served on active duty in the United States Air Force.

Research Focus

Dr. Harris' research lies in examining the recruitment and retention patterns of the military, particularly as they pertain to women and underrepresented minorities; gender equity; civil rights; and the health and healthcare disparities of certain vulnerable and veterans groups.


Dr. Harris is widely published. Her work has appeared in several peer reviewed journals; among them Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Journal of Military Studies, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Performance and Management Review, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Public Integrity as well as a chapter in the book A 21st Century Approach to Teaching for Social Justice: Educating for Both Advocacy and Action.

With Richard Greggory Johnson, III, she co-edited and authored a chapter in the highly acclaimed book Women of Color in Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place. Her most recent book Living Legends and Full Agency: Implications of Repealing the Combat Exclusion Policy has garnered much attention and she has a forthcoming book (with Evelyn L. Lewis, M.D.) entitled Blacks in the Military and Beyond. She serves on the editorial boards of multiple peer-reviewed journals, as the past Chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) Section on Professional and Organizational Development (SPOD), on SPOD’s Executive Board and on the Executive Board of the Section on Personnel and Labor Relations (SPLAR).

Harris has been repeatedly tapped for Governor level task forces in Oregon. Her work with veterans is widely known, particularly the creation of the first Veterans Resource Center (VRC) in State of Oregon and the country given her work at Portland State University that resulted in the passing of Oregon House Bill (HB) 2178 establishing SVSO like organizations at colleges and universities that are the recipients of funding from the State of Oregon. As well, the model became the prototype for national legislation in the form of the federal GI Bill to create VRCs at higher education institutions across the United States that receive federal funding.