William Swann, PhD

Assistant Professor

Portrait of Dr. William SwannEmail Address: william.swann@ucdenver.edu

Office Hours: By appointment




William L. Swann’s research focuses on local government, public management and collaborative governance. He is mainly interested in the policies and programs that local governments adopt and implement to create public value, how they achieve this and what consequences this has for public health and sustainable development. His research has appeared in some of the leading public administration, urban studies and public health management journals. He has worked on funded projects including a study of performance management in state government funded by the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab and a study of local interventions and strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic funded by the CU Denver Office of Research Services. His teaching areas include public administration, financial management, intergovernmental management and applied statistics and research methods. He is a faculty affiliate in the CU Denver Business School’s Health Administration Research Consortium (HARC). He serves as the faculty advisor to the CU Denver International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter. He holds a BSBA in finance from Bryant University, an MPA from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.

Areas of Expertise

local government, public management and organizations, sustainable and healthy communities

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
Florida State University

Master of Public Administration
University of Rhode Island

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance
Bryant University

Curriculum Vitae



2015 Staats Emerging Scholar by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)