March 2015's A&S Researcher of the Month Dr. P Edward (Eddie) French, professor in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration and the new director of The Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University
Dr. P. Edward (Eddie) French is professor in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration and the new director of The Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. In his research and teaching, he specializes in human resource management and local government politics. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Public Personnel Management, a SAGE journal and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of Public Personnel Administration; and Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. He has served as the graduate coordinator in the department of Political Science & Public Administration for five years and he is former associate editor for Review of Public Personnel Administration. He is also a former editorial board member of State and Local Government Review, and Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, a Master's in Education from The University of Virginia, a Master's in City Management from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from The University of Tennessee.
Dr. French has authored or co-authored numerous refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters focusing mainly on human resource management, local government administration, and public policy issues. This research has appeared in several notable academic journals including: American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration Review, Public Integrity, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Personnel Management, Review of Public Personnel Administration, State and Local Government Review, as well as others.
Dr. French has been the recipient of the MSU President's Faculty Diversity Award (2012), the Clinton Wallace Dean's Eminent Scholar Award (2011-13), the Arts and Sciences Researcher of the Year for Social and Behavioral Sciences Award (2010), and PSPA students have also voted him the Outstanding Political Science / Public Administration professor on three different occasions (2009, 2011, and 2013). Prior to entering academia, he was a local government manager in Virginia.