Cullen C. Merritt

Cullen C. Merritt

Assistant Professor

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4032-6
Phone: 317-278-0200
Curriculum Vitae

Cullen Merritt joined the SPEA faculty in 2014. His area of expertise include public management, organizational theory and behavior, institutional theory, public value, and publicness.


  • Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Kansas, 2014
  • MPA, University of Kansas, 2012
  • BA, Political Science, Texas A&M University, 2009

Academic positions held

  • Assistant Professor (tenure track), School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, beginning August 2014
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Public Management Research Association (PMRA) Secretariat, University of Kansas, 2011-2013
  • Graduate Research Assistant, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas, 2010-2011

Research affiliations

  • Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD), Arizona State University, 2014-Present
  • The Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance (PERG), Texas A&M University, 2007-2009

Professional memberships

  • Public Management Research Association
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration

Publications and professional articles

  • Getha-Taylor, Heather, Jacob Fowles, Chris Silvia, Cullen C. Merritt. “Considering the Effects of Time on Leadership Development: A Local Government Training Evaluation” (accepted for publication). Public Personnel Management.
  • Merritt, Cullen C. (2013). “Universities & Public Service Leadership.” PA TIMES 36(2):15

Intellectual contributions


  • Specifying and Testing a Multi-Dimensional Model of Publicness: An Analysis of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Select awards

  • IUPUI Athletics Favorite Professor, 2015
  • Winner, 2014 Paul A. Volcker Junior Scholar Research Award, American Political Science Association
  • $5,000 Summer Research Fellowship (competitive), Office of Graduate Studies, University of Kansas
  • Five-Year University Graduate Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas
  • First Place, Doctoral Research Competition, 2011 Public Management Research Conference (PMRC)