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Sarah Surak

Sarah Surak


  • Virginia Tech, PhD, Planning, Governance and Globalization, 2012
  • University of Tennessee, MA, Masters of Public Administration, 2006
  • University of Tennessee, BA, Political Science, 2003

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Political Theory


Dr. Sarah Surak holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Salisbury University. Her interdisciplinary research spans the topics of environmental political theory, social theory, civic engagement, and critical public administration, and has appeared in journals such as Policy Studies, New Political Science, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Her current book project, Governing Waste: Politics, Process, and Public Administration (expected Routledge 2021), assesses the practices of sustainability and waste management by municipal authorities.

From 2015 - 2020 Dr. Surak co-Directed Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Surak and Pope are the 2018 recipients of the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship from the University System of Maryland to support these efforts.