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Elijah K. Agyapong, Ph.D.
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Elijah K. Agyapong, Ph.D.


Dr. Elijah Agyapong joined the faculty of the Robertson School of Government as an assistant professor of public administration in fall 2016. He teaches the foundational courses in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program both on campus in Virginia Beach and online.

His research interests focus on the relationship between bureaucracy and democracy, public administration and policy implementation, bureaucratic responsiveness, administrative ethics, representative bureaucracy, and street-level bureaucracy. His recent work examines the mechanisms by which policy implementation could be made more responsive to women and minorities in Africa. He is also working on other projects on administrative ethics, representative bureaucracy, bureaucratic discretion, and theories of bureaucratic responsiveness in Africa.

Agyapong received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Ghana, an MPA from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

He is an active member of the American Society for Public Administration (national) and the Hampton Roads chapter. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Regent University Student Chapter of the International City-County Management Association.

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Theory
  • Public Policy Initiatives
  • Research Methods
  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Program Evaluation

Field of Expertise

  • Public Administration and Policy
  • Bureaucratic Responsiveness
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Representative Bureaucracy Theory
  • Street-level Bureaucracy
  • Democratic Theories of Public Administration in Africa


Agyapong, E. (2017). Representative Bureaucracy: Examining the Effects of Female Teachers on Girls' Education in Ghana. International Journal of Public Administration, 41(16), 1338-1350.

Agyapong, E. (2018). Representative Bureaucracy in Ghana. The Case of Girls' Education. In The Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance.

Agyapong, E. (2018). A Critical Assessment of Representative Bureaucracy: Toward a more Expanded Theory. PA Times.

Sulemana I., & Agyapong, E. (2019). Subjective Well-Being and Political Participation: Empirical Evidence from Ghana. Review of Development Economics.

King, M. S., Agyapong, E., & Roberts, G. (2019). ASPA Code of Ethics as a Framework for Teaching Ethics in Public Affairs and Administration: A Conceptual Content Analysis of MPA Ethics Course Syllabi. Journal of Public Affairs Education.