Brenda Bushouse Joins Political Science Faculty at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Brenda K. Bushouse has joined the faculty of the political science department at the University of Massachusetts.

Bushouse, an assistant professor, has a joint appointment in the department of political science and with the interdisciplinary Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA). At the CPPA, Bushouse teaches courses on public policy and the nonprofit sector for the master''s in public administration program. She also teaches undergraduate courses in that subject, as well as courses on urban government and politics.

Bushouse earned her doctorate in public policy from Indiana University in 1998, a master''s in public administration degree from Syracuse University in 1992, and a bachelor''s degree in economics from Kalamazoo College in 1988. Her primary interests include nonprofit management and child care policy. "I''m looking at the changing role of nonprofit organizations in society," Bushouse says.

Her most recent work, funded by a grant from the Aspen Institute, explores the factors influencing the adoption of quality-enhancing policies in nonprofit, for-profit, and public child care centers. Bushouse also has professional experience in economic development at both local and international levels.