Areas of Expertise
- Performance management
- Public and nonprofit management
- Government contracting and public-private partnerships
- B.S. Oakland University (Public Administration and Public Policy)
- M.B.A. George Washington University
- Ph.D. American University (Public Administration)
Amanda M. Girth received her doctorate in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research focuses on government contracting and public-private partnerships with a specific interest in performance and accountability.
Girth's research on has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Administration & Society and the Review of Public Personnel Administration. Her dissertation examined the strategies local public managers use to hold government contractors accountable, asking whether and under what conditions contractors are sanctioned for unsatisfactory performance. For this research she was awarded the 2011 Leonard D. White Award for the best dissertation in public administration from the American Political Science Association.
Previously, Girth was a manager in a global management consulting firm overseeing information technology transformation initiatives for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. She also served in Michigan state government working policy initiatives including disability, civil rights, and women’s issues. She has been appointed to positions on local government and nonprofit boards.