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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

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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.; Wang, Weijie & Medina, Alejandra. (Forthcoming). Mechanisms of Network Formation in the Public Sector: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.

Comfort, Louse., Kapucu, Naim., Ko, Kilkon., Menoni, Scira., & Siciliano, Michael D. (Forthcoming). Crisis Decision Making on a Global Scale: Transition from Cognition to Collective Action under Threat of COVID-19. Public Administration Review, n/a(n/a). doi:10.1111/puar.13252

Whetsell, T. A., Siciliano, M. D., Witkowski, K. G. K., & Leiblein, M. J. (2020). Government as Network Catalyst: Accelerating Self-Organization in a Strategic Industry. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 30(3), 448-464. doi:10.1093/jopart/muaa002

Li, J., Sanchez, J., Carr, J. B., & Siciliano, M. D. (Forthcoming). Local Governments and Shared Services: Insights on Institutional Mechanisms, Partners, and Purpose. In J. W. Meek (Ed.), Handbook on Collaborative Public Management: Edward Elgar.

Thompson, James. R., & Siciliano, Michael. D. (Forthcoming). The “Levels” Problem in Assessing Organizational Climate: Evidence from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Public Personnel Management

Welch, Eric W., Taggart, Gabel., Feeney, Mary K., & Siciliano, Michael D. (2019). Navigating the labyrinth: Academic scientists’ responses to new regulatory controls on biological material inputs to research. Environmental Science & Policy, 101, 136-146. doi:

Ertan, Gunes; Siciliano, Michael D. and Yenigun, Deniz. (2019). “Cognitive Social Structures Over Time: Perception Accuracy, Biases, and Path Dependency” PLOS ONE 14(6): e0218607.

Wukich, Clayton; Hu, Qian & Siciliano, Michael D. (2019). “Cross-Sector Emergency Information Networks on Social Media: Online Bridging and Bonding Communication Patterns.” American Review of Pubic Administration, 49 (7): 825-839.

Fusi, Federica., Welch, Eri. W., & Siciliano, Michael D. (2019). Barriers and facilitators of access to biological material for international research: The role of institutions and networks. Science and Public Policy, 46(2), 275-289. doi:10.1093/scipol/scy057

Siciliano, Michael D.; Welch, Eric, and Feeney, Mary. (2018). “Network Exploration and Exploitation: Professional Network Churn and Science Production.” Social Networks, 52: 167-179.

Siciliano, Michael D. and Thompson, James R. (2018). “If You’re Committed then so am I: The Role of Peer Influence and Social Networks on Organizational Commitment.” Administration and Society.

Welch, Eric; Fusi, Federica; Louafi, Selim and Siciliano, Michael D. (2017). “Genetic Resource Policies in International Collaborative Research for Food and Agriculture: A Study of USAID-Funded Innovation Labs.” Global Food Security, 15: 33-42.

Siciliano, Michael D.; Moolenaar, Nienke M.; Daly, Alan J. and Liou, Yi-Hwa. (2017). “A Cognitive Perspective on Policy Implementation: Reform Beliefs, Sensemaking, and Social Networks.” Public Administration Review, 77 (6): 889-901.

Yenigun, Deniz; Ertan, Gunes and Siciliano, Michael D. (2017). “Omission and Commission Errors in Network Cognition and Network Estimation using ROC Curve.” Social Networks, 50 (1): 26-34.

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. (2017). “The Formation of Transnational Knowledge Networks on Social Media.” International Public Management Journal, 20 (3): 381-408.

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. (2017). “Network Formation during Disasters: Exploring Micro-Level Interorganizational Processes and the Role of National Capacity.” International Journal of Public Administration, 40(6), 490-503.

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

Siciliano, Michael D. and Wukich, Clayton. (2015). “Network Features and Processes as Determinants of Organizational Interaction.” Complexity, Governance & Networks, 2(1), 23-44.

Wukich, Clayton, David J. Johnson, and Michael D. Siciliano. (2015). “Managing for Resilience Across Multiple Scales of Action in Joplin, Missouri.” In Davia C. Downey (Ed.), Cities and Disasters. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.


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