Dr. Thomas Bryer
Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Dr. Bryer's research and teaching focuses on citizen participation and collaborative governance, ultimately asking: how can we design institutions to enable stronger, more civically healthy communities? He has worked at the University of Central Florida since 2007, after completing his PhD from the University of Southern California. He has published eight books, including Poor Participation: Fighting the Wars on Poverty and Impoverished Citizenship, Citizenship and Ethics, Handbook of Theories of Public Administration and Management, and Promoting Civic Health through University-Community Partnerships. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Lithuania and Russia, and he maintains affiliations with universities in the United Kingdom, Lithuania, and South Africa.
Dr. Bryer has assembled international teams for research as well as coordinated multiple inter-university programs and agreements. His most recent achievement has been to coordinate and secure funding for a major project which spans four countries on either side of the Atlantic seeking to address the impacts of the pandemic on government and non-profit organizations and on the vulnerable populations that they serve.