Skip to main content
Kansas Service and Civic Engagement Conference


Join fellow civic-minded students to share your on-campus service learning and civic engagement experiences and learn more about what other students have done.

Shannon Portillo

Shannon Portillo, Ph.D.

Dr. Portillo is Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the KU Edwards Campus and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work, pulling on organizational theories rooted in Public Administration and Law and Society to explore how rules and policies are carried out within public organizations. To date she has done work in a broad array of organizations including the military, courts, policing, higher education and city management. Using a variety of methods, she collects empirical data to assess how social, cultural and legal factors influence the day-to-day operations in these organizations. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Law & Policy, Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, Law & Social Inquiry and The Huffington Post, among other academic journal and popular outlets. She has a recent book out with co-author Alesha Doan with Cambridge University Press, and a forthcoming book with Nebraska University Press.