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SICA Executive Leadership

SICA Leadership

Chair: Meghna Sabharwal (2021-2023): meghna.sabharwal@utdallas.edu

Chair-Elect: Aroon Manoharan (2021-2023): aroon.manoharan@umb.edu

Treasurer: Atta Ceesay (2019-2022): ceesayaa@buffalostate.edu

Secretary: Nidhi Vij Mali (2019-2022): nvij@olemiss.edu

Meghna Sabharwal, SICA Chair

Meghna Sabharwal is a Professor and the Head of the Public and Nonprofit Management program at The University of Texas. Her research expertise lies in public human resource management, specifically related to workplace diversity and inclusion, job satisfaction, performance, comparative human resource management, and high-skilled immigration. She has authored/co- authored over 50 peer-reviewed. Dr. Sabharwal co-edited Public Administration in South Asia: India, Bangladesh and Pakistan and co- authored Public Personnel Administration (6th Ed.), and has a forthcoming book titled: A Public Administrator’s Guide to Human Resources Information Systems. She has received over $450,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF), State and UTD grants.


Dr. Sabharwal presented over 150 presentations and invited talks at national and international professional meetings, lecture series, seminars, or colloquia. She is the recipient of three best paper awards for research published in The American Review of Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration and the Journal of Public Affairs Education. She serves on several editorial boards and is the Associate Editor for the Review of Public Personnel Administration and Public Integrity.


Dr. Sabharwal is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Public HR scholar
award by The Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (SPALR) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). She also received the 2020 Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award by the Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA), ASPA. Additionally, she is the recipient of the 2019 Mary Hamilton Award for my scholarship and service to the International Chapter of the ASPA, and the recipient of the Julia J. Henderson International Award in 2015 presented by SWPA, which recognizes demonstrated commitment to international public administration, in particular, or to international public service


Dr. Sabharwal has held several leadership roles within various section in ASPA, most notably she was the founding chair of the South Asian Section for Public Administration (2020-21), chair of the Section of Women in Public Administration (SWPA) from 2017-18. She also held leadership roles in SPALR.

Dr. Sabharwal received her doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University in 2008. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the City College of New York, City University of New York (CUNY) before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas in fall 2009.

Aroon Manoharan, SICA Chair-Elect

Dr. Aroon P. Manoharan is an Associate Professor in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests include e-government, performance measurement, strategic planning, public communication, administrative capacity, comparative public administration and pedagogy. His research employs an international comparative focus, and he was involved in e-government projects in Kigali (Rwanda), Prague (Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria), Cape Town (South Africa), and India. His recent books include E-Government and Information Technology Management: Concepts and Best Practices; and E-Government and Websites: A
Public Solutions Handbook. He is a Senior Research Associate of the National Center for Public Performance (NCPP), and the Associate Director of the E-Governance Institute. He had directed the Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide Surveys and the U.S. States and Municipalities E-Governance Surveys. He was also the previous Editor of the SICA Occasional Paper Series. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University-Newark.

Atta Ceesay, SICA Treasurer

Dr. Atta Ceesay holds the PhD in Public Administration and Policy (2011) from Rutgers University, School of Public Affairs and Administration.   Dr. Ceesay previously held the position of Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Northwest.

Dr. Ceesay, who also holds the MBA (Governor’s State University, Illinois) and the Master of Science in Human Resources (Widener University, Pennsylvania), has taught a wide range of graduate MPA courses, including Human Resource Management for Nonprofits; Government Finance and Budgets; Program and Performance Evaluation; Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations; Strategic Planning, Budgeting, and Citizen Involvement; Research and Design Methods; Survey Research; and, the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector at Indiana Northwest, Rutgers University, and SUNY Binghamton.

Dr. Ceesay also brings extensive experience working with and in the private and nonprofit sectors.  Dr. Ceesay is a 2015 recipient of Indiana University Northwest Board of Trustees Teaching Award.

Dr. Ceesay earned the dual BA/BS in French and Business Administration at Fairmont State College in West Virginia.

Nidhi Vij Mali, SICA Secretary

Nidhi Vij Mali is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi. With a background in Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, her research focuses on the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT), especially mobile technologies in public administration and particularly in social welfare policies, specifically health policies in a global comparative context. With prioritization of Open Government Initiatives, digitization, and internet transparency, she is interested in the impact of these new ideas on bureaucratic processes, collaborative governance, and community public participation. She is also interested in developing impact evaluation designs and implementation for social programs. She has published in American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, and international journals including IDS Bulletin, and Human Affairs. She has been an active member of ASPA where she has collaborated, presented, and published research at the annual conferences, and regional conferences- NECOPA and SECOPA. She has also volunteered for multiple Subcommittees within different Chapters within ASPA, such as SWPA, SSTIG, SPPM to increase visibility, outreach, and participation at the Annual ASPA conference. She is committed to continue her service to the SICA chapter, within the roles and opportunities offered at SICA as the secretary.