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Michael D Siciliano

Associate Professor

Public Administration


Building & Room:

2116 AEH, MC 278


400 S. Peoria Street, Suite 2100

Office Phone:

(312) 413-5177


Michael Siciliano is an Associate Professor of Public Administration.  His research interests are interdisciplinary and center on the policymaking and administrative implications of human and inter-organizational networks. His work investigates the factors influencing network formation as well as the effect of social structure on individual and collective behavior, decision-making, and performance. Substantive fields of interest include education policy, disaster management, and science policy.  His research been published in Public Administration Review, American Education Research Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Social Networks.

Michael has worked with nearly 100 schools across the United States on issues of collaboration, knowledge exchange, and reform. He is currently co-PI on a multi-year NSF project examining how national and international policies on biological material are influencing the data and material sharing networks of university scientists. The project findings will help the science community as it seeks to manage material and data exchange in ways that facilitate collaboration, maintain high quality science, and effectively respond to policy demands. Michael is also the co-PI on another NSF grant developing data management tools for mapping, querying, visualization, and secure sharing of underground civil infrastructure data.


Graduate Courses

  • PA 513: Collaborative Management and Governance Networks
  • PA 594: Social Network Analysis
  • PA 541: Advanced Data Analysis I
  • PA 542: Advanced Data Analysis II
  • PA 521: Strategic Management: Planning and Measurement
  • PA 506: Public Policy Development and Process

Undergraduate Courses

  • PA 210: Introduction to the Policy Process

Teaching Awards

  • Silver Circle Teaching Award, 2018
  • Honoring Our Professors' Excellence (HOPE) Award, 2017
  • Teaching Scholar Program, 2017
  • University Teaching Recognition Award, 2016


Selected Publications

*Since 2015

Siciliano, Michael D.; Welch, Eric, and Feeney, Mary. (Forthcoming) “Network Exploration and Exploitation: Professional Network Churn and Science Production.” Social Networks.

Welch, Eric; Fusi, Federica; Louafi, Selim and Siciliano, Michael D. (Forthcoming) “Genetic Resource Policies in International Collaborative Research for Food and Agriculture: A Study of USAID-Funded Innovation Labs.” Global Food Security.

Siciliano, Michael D.; Moolenaar, Nienke M.; Daly, Alan J. and Liou, Yi-Hwa. (Forthcoming) “A Cognitive Perspective on Policy Implementation: Reform Beliefs, Sensemaking, and Social Networks.” Public Administration Review.

Yenigun, Deniz; Ertan, Gunes and Siciliano, Michael D. (Forthcoming) “Omission and Commission  Errors in Network Cognition and Network Estimation using ROC Curve.” Social Networks.

Siciliano, Michael D. (2017) “Ignoring the Experts: Networks and Organizational Learning in the  Public Sector.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 27 (1): 104-119.

Wukich, Clayton; Siciliano, Michael D; Boyle, Brandon and Enia, Jason. (Forthcoming) “The Formation of Transnational Knowledge Networks on Social Media.” International Public Management Journal.

Siciliano, Michael D. (2017) “Professional Networks and Street-Level Performance: How Public School Teachers’ Advice Networks Influence Student Performance.” American Review of Public Administration, 47(1), 79-101.

Siciliano, Michael D. and Wukich, Clayton. (Forthcoming) “Network Formation during Disasters:  Exploring Micro-Level Interorganizational Processes and the Role of National Capacity.” International Journal of Public Administration.

Siciliano, Michael D. (2016) “It’s the Quality not the Quantity of Ties that Matters: Social  Networks and Self-Efficacy Beliefs.” American Educational Research Journal, 53(2), 227-262.

Siciliano, Michael D. and Thompson, James R. (Forthcoming) “If You’re Committed then so am I: The  Role of Peer Influence and Social Networks on Organizational Commitment.” Administration and Society.

Siciliano, Michael D. (2015) ” Advice Networks in Public Organizations: The Role of Structure,  Internal Competition, and Individual Attributes.” Public Administration Review, 75(4), 548-559.


PhD, Public Policy and Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 2012
MS, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College, 2006
BS, Logistics, Penn State University, 2002