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David Birdsell, Dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Effectiveness, has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders. David is Vice President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and serves on NASPAA’s Executive Council. He chairs the boards of Governance Matters and of the New York Federal Statistics Research Data Center. He is a member of the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits and of the Chair’s Cabinet of the Human Services Council. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
David received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.