John J. Kiefer

Director, MPA ProgramJohn Keifer


Office: 254 Milneburg Hall
Phone: 504-280-3842

Curriculum Vitae


Education: Ph.D., Old Dominion University, 2001; MUS, Old Dominion University, 1997, MSA, Central Michigan University, 1989, BBA, University of Mississippi, 1975

Dr. Kiefer is Professor and Director, MPA Program in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO).  He is also a faculty associate at the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), UNO’s applied hazards social science research center.  Prior to coming to UNO, Dr. Kiefer was a Research Professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer.  

John implemented the Hazard Policy specialization within the Master of Public Administration program at UNO.  He teaches courses in hazard policy/administration and program evaluation.  In his applied research, Dr. Kiefer specializes in the development of outcome-focused collaborative networks to create disaster resilience, especially focused on vulnerable populations.  He is currently either principal investigator or a research team member for several projects that include elderly evacuation, technology initiatives for vulnerable populations, repetitive flood loss mitigation, and a disaster resilient university project.  Professor Kiefer has been principal evaluator for a broad range of programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, State of Louisiana, and several cities.  He has delivered numerous papers and chaired panels at professional meetings in the United States and Canada. 

Dr. Kiefer serves as past Chair and a senior advisor to the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management of the American Society for Public Administration and on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.  His current research interests include hazard policy, emergency management, and program evaluation.