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Michael D Siciliano

Associate Professor

Co-Director, Networks and Governance Lab

Public Policy, Management, and Analytics


Building & Room:

2116 AEH, MC 278


400 S. Peoria Street, Suite 2100

Office Phone:

(312) 413-5177

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Michael D. Siciliano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics at the University of Illinois Chicago and Co-Director of the Networks & Governance Lab. Michael studies how humans and organizations cooperate to address transboundary problems. His work explores the cognitive, social, and institutional factors influencing the formation and performance of collaborative networks. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and former chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section for Complexity and Network Studies.

Teaching Awards

  • University Teaching Recognition Award, 2021
  • Silver Circle Teaching Award, 2018
  • Honoring Our Professors' Excellence (HOPE) Award, 2017
  • Teaching Scholar Program, 2017
  • University Teaching Recognition Award, 2016

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 528: Program Evaluation and Causal Inference

Undergraduate Courses

  • PA 210: Introduction to the Policy Process


Selected Publications


Siciliano, M. D., Wang, W., Hu, Q., Medina, A, & Krackhardt, D. (2022). “Networks in the Public Sector: A Multilevel Framework and Systematic Review.” Cambridge University Press. Cambridge Elements in Public and Nonprofit Administration.

Recent Articles (since 2020):

Ertan, G. and Siciliano, M.D. (2024). “A Cognitive Perspective for Public Administration and Policy.” Public Administration Review, 84(1), 11-20.

Sánchez, J., Li, J., Ranjha, A. S., & Siciliano, M. D. (2023). With a Little Help from My Friends? A Longitudinal Network Analysis on Fiscal Stress and Collaboration for Public Service Delivery. Urban Affairs Review, 10780874231205464.

Boda, P. A., Fusi, F., Miranda, F., Palmer, G. J. M., Flax-Hatch, J., Siciliano, M., Sambanis, A., Johnson, L., Derrible, S., & Cailas, M. (2023). Environmental Justice through Community-Policy Participatory Partnerships. Journal of Environmental Protection, 14(8), Article 8.

Deslatte, A., Siciliano, M. D., & Krause, R. M. (2023). Local government managers are on the frontlines of climate change: Are they ready? Public Administration Review, 83(6), 1506–1511.

Siciliano, M. D., & Whetsell, T. (2023). Network Interventions: Applying Network Science for Pragmatic Action in Public Administration and Policy. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 6(2–3), 67–79.

Langer, J., Siciliano, M.D., and LeRoux, K. (2023). “Applying the Repertory Grid Technique to Advance Nonprofit Collaboration: A Situational Theory of Partner Selection.” VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 34(2), 402-417.

Shafiq, S., Kapousouz, E., Siciliano, M.D., and Gawel, J.M. (2022). “Benchmarking Local Government Services: Applying an Issue-Based Approach.” State and Local Government Review, 54(3), 267-279.

Medina, A., Siciliano, M.D., Hu, Q., and Wang, W. (2022). Network Effects Research: A Systematic Review of Theoretical Mechanisms and Measures. American Review of Public Administration, 52(7), 513-528.

Badhrudeen M., Boria E. S., Fonteix G, Siciliano M. D., and Derrible S. (2022). The C2G Framework to Convert Infrastructure Data from Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Informatics, 9(2):42.

Hugg, V. G., M. D. Siciliano, and Daly, A.J. (2022). “Public School District Characteristics and the Formation of Longitudinal Interdistrict Collaboration Networks.” Educational Administration Quarterly, 58(4), 561-596.

Hu, Q., Medina, A., Siciliano, M.D., and Wang, W. (2022). “Network Structures and Network Effects across Management and Policy Contexts: A Systematic Review.” Public Administration, 101(3), 953-972.

Siciliano, M. D., Carr, J. B., & Hugg, V. G. (2021). Analyzing the Effectiveness of Networks for Addressing Public Problems: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study. Public Administration Review, 81(5), 895-910. doi:10.1111/puar.13336

Ertan, G., Siciliano, M. D., McGrath, E. C., & McGrath, M. (2021). Social Networks and Strike Participation: A Dynamic Analysis of the Hollywood Writers Strike. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 59(4), 1108-1130. doi:10.1111/bjir.12584

Siciliano, M. D., & Thompson, J. R. (2021). A field experiment on the impact of beneficiary contact on federal employee perceptions of prosocial impact and social worth. International Public Management Journal, 25(1) 120-139. doi:10.1080/10967494.2021.1887985

Siciliano, M. D., Wang, W., & Medina, A. (2021). Mechanisms of Network Formation in the Public Sector: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 4(1), 63-81. doi:10.1093/ppmgov/gvaa017

Thompson, J. R., & Siciliano, M. D. (2021). The “Levels” Problem in Assessing Organizational Climate: Evidence from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Public Personnel Management, 50(1), 133-156. doi:10.1177/0091026020917710

Comfort, L. K., Kapucu, N., Ko, K., Menoni, S., & Siciliano, M. (2020). Crisis Decision-Making on a Global Scale: Transition from Cognition to Collective Action under Threat of COVID-19. Public Administration Review, 80(4), 616-622. 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


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